Lessons in Metamorphosis – Part 2

SONY DSCThe above photograph is a picture of a pair of dragonflies mating, and it only when mating that dragonflies and damselflies contort their bodies in such a way. I came across the following section in the Collins Complete Guide to British Insects concerning how their reproduction takes place:- “Dragonflies and damselflies exhibit a mating routine all of their own. Although the male reproductive organs are in the normal place at the end of the abdomen, his copulatory organs are at the front of the abdomen, and before going in search of a mate he has to transfer sperm to them from the tip of his abdomen. This then leaves him free to grab a female by the neck. She then bends her own body round so that the tip of her abdomen makes contact with the male’s copulatory organs to collect the sperm. This position is known as the copulation wheel.” When I read this it struck me that such a mating routine would be almost impossible to have evolved by random chance. Insects behave by instinct and not by reasoned contemplative thought, so basically the first generation of any species of dragonfly would have only one chance to reproduce or die out. Surely it is more logical that this method of mating was pre-programmed into its DNA by a Creator God so that it will be instinctive. According to information theory for raw data to become information it requires intelligence, that as far as DNA is concerned can only come from the Creator God – the God of the Bible.
David G. Rose, Aviemore 2013.

About davidgrose

I am a Bible believing Christian, brought up in the Brethren Movement, and now find myself associating with charismatics even though I do not always agree with them. I am in full-time employment. I have interests in history and photography amongst others.
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