Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? Job 11:7 (NIV)
It’s always a special time when I get to touch one of God’s wild creatures (see Deer Touch ). Pictured above is a Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. They are so named because their hindwings resemble the long tails of the swallow bird. I’m sure the butterfly would be impressed if he knew how long a name we gave him. They are fairly common in the western U.S., and I often see them along the riverbanks where I fish for trout.
The adult swallowtails feed on nectar from many different flowers. The female lays single eggs on the underside of green leaves. She can lay up to one hundred eggs in her lifetime. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars feed on the leaves as they grow. Depending on the weather, the caterpillar can change into an adult in as quickly as ten to fifteen days in the summer. Or, if the egg is hatched in the fall, it may remain in the chrysalis form inside the cocoon until the next spring before emerging as an adult.
It wouldn’t surprise me if people have written college theses on the complexity of these critters. I for one can’t comprehend how something like this could ever happen without an Intelligent Designer.
What an amazing process.
What an amazing God. Can you fathom His mysteries?
Have a great day.