Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Moths “Seem to Defy What Is Physically Possible,” A Paper in Science Says

Manduca sexta adult male. Image courtesy of Shawn Hanrahan, Creative Commons.

Joel Kontinen

Insects have tiny brains but they can accomplish feats that human engineers will envy. A recent article in the journal Science states:

Nocturnal insects live in a dim world. They have brains smaller than a grain of rice, and eyes that are even smaller. Yet, they have remarkable visual abilities, many of which seem to defy what is physically possible (1). On page 1245 of this issue, Sponberg et al. reveal how one species, the hawkmoth Manduca sexta, is able to accurately track wind-tossed flowers in near darkness and remain stationary while hovering and feeding (2).”

These moths are not the only ones doing what seem to be miracles. Many other animals are capable of feats that might appear impossible.

What makes this hard for evolutionists is that in order to be of any use, the capacity has to be present from the very beginning, as it will otherwise not benefit the animal.

And we should not forget that the blind Darwinian watchmaker cannot plan ahead.

Thus, the logical explanation for extraordinary skills in animals is intelligent design. They were made that way.

If we look at nature with open eyes, we will see many traits that defy Darwinian explanations.

Design features seem to abound in the animal kingdom.


Warrant, Eric. 2015. Visual tracking in the dead of night. Science 348 (6240): 1212–1213. (12 June).