by Larry Hafley

Leucania Moth (False Wainscot Moth)

Tiny mites infect and inhabit the ear of the Leucania moth. Yes, I said, “the ear,” singular. In whichever ear the mites first locate, the other is left free. Hence, if the left ear of the moth is infested by mites, the right ear will remain clear of mite invasion.

Now, it so happens that bats love to feast on the Leucania moth, but the moth has an ultrasound detector in its ears which allows it to evade attacking bats. (Men put radar detectors in their cars -- who puts ultrasound detectors in the ears of the moth?) When mites invade the moth’s ear, the moth loses the service of its detector in that ear. However, with one ear still free of mites, it can successfully escape a preying bat. If the bat eats the moth, it will also eat the mites in the moth’s ear; so, the mites only dwell in one ear and leave the other one free and clear. It is a nice, clever design. The mite has a home, and the moth maintains his security system.

What keeps mites from using both ears? Do mites or moths have zoning laws, or what? Did blind, mindless, lifeless evolution design and implement such a system of housing and mutual protection as exists between the moth and the mite? Or, could it be that such a marvelous arrangement testifies to the existence of a Divine engineer, director, and builder (Psalms 19:1-4)?



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