I love butterflies. They are God’s flying flowers.
The blue butterflies here are not just pretty. They are a reminder to me that God uses everything. The insect world declares the glory of God.
Jesus created the earth and all that is in it. His universe is remarkable in its complexity and beauty of design. Much of we don’t understand. But His ways are right. He has a purpose for everything.
The mysterious disappearance of the Large Blue Butterfly across most of northern Europe was a mystery until biologist Jeremy Thomas spent six summers in the 1970s studying the very last colony of large blue butterflies in the United Kingdom.
It turns out that the butterflies are dependent on one species of red ant for their survival–and the ants were losing their habitat.
The large blue butterflies lay their eggs in the leaves then fall to the ground. The little caterpillars pretend to be baby red ants secreting chemicals and making noises. The red ants think the caterpillars are grubs and carry them to their underground homes. Once inside the sneaky caterpillars eat the real ant grubs for 10 months when they form a chrysalis and eventually fly away as adult butterflies.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Proverbs 6:6
Over the years rabbits kept the grass short enough to keep the soil warm for the ants but then a plague killed much of the rabbit population. Farmed cows also kept the grass short, but farmers stop allowing the cattle graze, the pastures became overgrown. When the grass grew enough to cool the soil the ants would vanish. No ants, no large blue butterflies, the last colony died out in 1979.
Thomas brought large blue caterpillars from Sweden and released them in 1983. Cows were brought in to graze in the reintroduction sites, and both the red ants and the blue butterflies found their way back into in the ecosystem.
The Bible says, without “guide, overseer or ruler;” that is, they have no one to direct them how to do it. God gives all insects skills to survive. all His works are wonderful.
Who among the gods is like you, O LORD?
Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”
No one can accomplish what God can. He is above and beyond our comprehension. Ex 15:11
- A Near-Extinct Blue Butterfly Flourishes Again, Thanks to a Red Ant– Discover Magazine
- The butterfly that came back from the dead – Thanks to the Red Ant – Nature, Environment – The Independent
- Butterfly that Mimics Ants Gives Conservation Clue– Reuters
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