I just love all of the different nature programs on TV. They provide an endless source of contradiction to their own evolutionary beliefs, which in turn provides an endless source of topics for creationists to write about. This particular time, I was channel surfing as so many of us guys seem to do, and came across the last few minutes of an animal program that I just had to write about.
The narrator of the program was showing several beautiful moths that had large circular ‘eyespot’ patterns on their wings. His explanation for these patterns was that the moths evolved them to mimic the eyes of owls so that predators would leave them alone. He then moved on to several caterpillars that also had large eyespot patterns on their rear ends. He described how these caterpillars had purposely evolved ‘eyespots’ on their rear end to mimic other animals such as vine snakes in their efforts to fool predators. And other caterpillars evolved their eyespots to mimic larger animals to stave off attacks.
From the way he talked about the moths and caterpillars, it was obvious that he truly believed, as so many evolutionists do, that the moths and caterpillars somehow made conscious decisions to develop the eyespot patterns on their wings or rear ends, when there weren’t any there to begin with. After all, they were being eaten up so fast that they had to do something to defend themselves, didn’t they?
So I guess a group of moths and caterpillars formed a safety committee to deal with the large predation issue. They called a meeting to discuss the matter. They talked and talked and thought about it for some time. One of the moths noticed that very few predators attacked owls and owls had those great big eyes. So they discussed it a little longer and finally decided that they needed to develop eyespots on their wings to mimic the owls. Several caterpillars complained that they didn’t have wings. One of the moths suggested that the caterpillars put eyespots on their rear ends since they were larger than their heads. He drew a picture to show them that it would make them look like vine snakes or other larger animals. The caterpillars all thought that sounded good to them, so they agreed to continue with the project. The next step was to select a subcommittee to research genetic mutations and return to the full committee with a recommendation of how to go about developing the mechanisms necessary to start the mutation process. Contained in their report was the list of genes involved in the mutational process; what was required to change each one to the desired mutation and how long the process would take. When they delivered their report to the full committee, one of the other moths wanted to know how many moths and caterpillars would continue to be eaten by predators until the mutations would be functional.
If that sounded completely ridiculous, it is. But then so is the idea that moths and caterpillars chose to develop eyespots to mimic the eyes of owls and snakes in order to ward off potential predators. Yet, I have heard similar comments and descriptions from evolutionists ever since I can remember. Over and over, they perpetuate the fairy tale that everything evolved by random chance without any intelligence and then turn around and give intelligence to animals to make their own evolutionary decisions, completely contradicting the underlying premise of their foundational belief system.
Now you may ask, how does a creationist explain things like eyespots on moths and caterpillars?
Most likely, the moths and caterpillars that got off of the Ark contained the genetic information for numerous color and design combinations. Over time, those that did not have eyespots were preyed upon quite heavily. Those that had spots that resembled the eyes of other animals were not preyed upon as heavily and more of them survived to pass on those traits to following generations. Therefore, today we see more moths and caterpillars of that particular variety of moths and caterpillars than those without spots.
The only intelligence behind eyespots or any other form of mimicry belongs to the Creator God who put the information in the genes of the animals and plants to begin with.