Although birds feed on many butterflies and moths, they avoid eating the monarch butterfly. This is because the monarch butterfly has been given a special ability to protect itself. During its caterpillar stage, the monarch feeds only on the milkweed plant. This plant contains a powerful poison that can in most cases stop the heart of any creature that eats enough of it. The monarch caterpillar, however, can eat the milkweed and store the poison in its body, where it remains even after the caterpillar has turned into a butterfly.

How do birds know that eating this particular butterfly will cause sickness or death? How does the monarch caterpillar know which plant to eat in order to take in only the poison to which it is immune? How could the monarch's ability to avoid the effects of the poison have slowly evolved? All of this had to have worked perfectly from the beginning and points to a Creator who designed creatures for survival in our fallen world.

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, December 15.

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