FEATURE ARTICLE, God Cares for His Creatures
Some of the most brilliant butterflies in tropical America are the butterflies of the genus Morpho. Many species are brilliant metallic blue. A few of the females are metallic red.
These butterflies have a mirror like quality to the upper surface of their wings. They can be seen from several miles away if they are flying over the tops of the trees in the jungle. The sun reflects off of their brilliant wings.
So, how does God protect these beautiful creatures? Apparently they are good to eat, although I have never tried one. The birds like to eat them. But, if they are so easy to see, how do they survive? God has designed that the brilliant reflective surface of the wings
actually protect it!
If a bird sees the Morpho and starts to chase it, the butterfly will fly down into the dense shadows under the jungle canopy. Here, where it is dark, the upper surface of the wings looks almost black and the bird will have trouble seeing the butterfly. If the bird is still able to track the butterfly and gets close to it, the butterfly will find a shaft of sunlight coming down through the trees. It will then fly through it, causing a FLASH of light to shine in the eyes of the bird. The butterfly can then get away.
Once the butterfly gets away, it will land on a tree. God designed the bottom of the wings to have great camophlage. Because of this, the butterfly can land and safely hide.
Many years ago, I was trying to catch one of these butterflies. I saw one flying toward me. I was sure that I was going to be able to capture it. However, just before it got to me, it landed on the trunk of a tree. Even though it was only a few feet away from me when it
landed, I could not see it again until if flew. I walked over to the trunk of the tree and looked carefully at all the shrubbery around the tree, but I could not see it.
God is very good at taking care of the Morpho butterfly. Although very easy to see, it is very hard for any predator to catch. God is very good at taking care of us too.
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