The Navigational Exploits of a Butterfly

The level of technology that took men to the moon is amazing. However, the navigation packed into the brain of the Monarch butterfly shows, through the incredible migration performed by that insect, that there is a far greater level of technology involved. And its brain is no bigger than a pinhead!

The life cycle of a Monarch butterfly starts when the mother lays her egg which matures in three days to an incredibly tiny caterpillar . After three weeks the caterpillar grows to its full size. And in only 8 days, a full size Monarch butterfly blossoms.

The Monarchs butterflies are born in the northern United States, and then migrate up to 3000 miles to spend the winter in Mexico. What is amazing about this migration is that butterflies never meet their parents, but they are able to fly to the same place in Mexico where their parents or grandparents wintered a year earlier.

The Monarch butterfly can fly in still air at a speed of around 30 miles per hour, and considerably faster with a tail wind. They usually fly close to the ground, but have been found as high as 12,000 feet. They have been known to fly more than 375 miles over water non-stop in 16 hours. Their trip takes them eight to ten weeks, traveling only in daylight. Despite stopping many times on the way to drink nectar, and being often blown off course, they unerringly make the necessary corrections to get back on course.

The Monarch butterfly is  just one example of design in God’s infinitive Creation, for none of its development and activity could have happened by chance.

 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made” Romans 1:20

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