In Central America and South America lives a large butterfly with an eight-inch wingspan. For birds that eat butterflies, this very large specimen would make a delightful dinner-except for one thing. On the underside of the hind wings of the butterfly are two large, round “eyes”–that is, marks that look like eyes. In fact, combined with the other markings on the butterfly’s wings, the “eyes” make the insect look almost exactly like the tropical screech-owl, a small owl inhabiting the same jungle growth where the butterfly lives.
Birds that would normally make a meal of the large juicy butterfly see only those “owl eyes,” and they stay away. Each “owl eye” even has a small patch of white highlighting on the upper side of what appears to be the dark, dilated pupil.
With such protective coloration, the butterfly doesn’t have to worry about anything disturbing it even when it’s sleeping, because the “owl eyes” never close. Consequently, the butterfly has the equivalent of a permanent guard on duty at all times, day and night. Some people would tell us that patterns such as the perfectly designed “owl eyes” on butterfly wings happened by chance. Well, the chance that the butterfly’s protection is accidental is so small that we surely wouldn’t want to bet on it.
The Creator, who made everything in the first place, gave all His creatures ways of coping with the danger that began when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Undoubtedly He established simple laws of protective coloration that came into play as soon as the effect of sin began to appear around the world.
That same Creator has given each of us that same assurance of protection against sin and its ultimate result, eternal death.
“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness.” Psalm 91:5, 6.
From “Nature Quest”, by James and Priscilla Tucker.
Picture is from Google Images.