" We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged." - Dissent from Darwin

Natural selection [is used] carelessly as a mantra, as in the evidence-free “just-so stories” concocted out of thin air by mentally lazy adaptationists. (Stephen Jay Gould)

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence. (Isaac newton)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

How Mantis copied orchid

It sits quietly on a flower and waits for its preyIts white pink pattern matches common flowers in tropical rainforests but is not similar to any flower in particular.There is a small green band across the thorax, useful decoy to break up the mantid outline in and making it resemble two separate flowers.Between the eyes there is a small horn, simulating a flower reproductive apparatus.There is a dark spot in the last part of the abdomen, near the anus which attracts small flies, into mistaking the spot for another fly foraging on flower.There are many longitudinal brown stripes along the upper side of the abdomen. These are very similar to orchids “honey guides” and are directed toward the mantis thorax. Some insects are attracted this way but usually dorsal abdomen is not visible in rest position.When moving slowly it uses a swinging movement, similar to a plant moved by a breeze.

The Discovery Channel describes the orchid as one of the “marvels of nature” and says for the mantis’ camouflage: “When the survival of the species is at stake it is only normal for this kind of disguise to evolve.”

Storyteller :
The Discovery Channel

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this site. It's obvious that Darwinian explanations are "so cogent, so powerful". All we need is some time and a string of happy accidents! Silly theists. I continue to be absolutely awestruck at the immensely creative power of purposeless, directionless chance, which of course all begin with the big-bang, which of course all began with nothing. It almost makes me wish there were a God to be thankful to. Almost. At least I can send a "tithe", if you will, to the NSCE in His absence.

Fadi said...

The previous comment is either a badly-written "sophisticated" sarcasm of Darwinians or quite the opposite. If the it's the first, it certainly sounds vague and doesn't do the job.

"Silly theists"? Exactly who's the silly party, Mr./Ms. anonymous? If you've lost faith in your OWN religion for some reason, that doesn't mean that God (the Creator of the heavens and the Earth) doesn't exist. Not only are YOU silly, you're too proud to allow a higher authority to tell you how to live your life. Therefore, you'd rather deny his all-too-obvious signs, instead. "Silly theists", indeed! We'll see where your pride will lead you.

Fadi said...

The previous comment is either a badly-written "sophisticated" sarcasm of Darwinians or quite the opposite. If the it's the first, it certainly sounds vague and doesn't do the job.

"Silly theists"? Exactly who's the silly party, Mr./Ms. anonymous? If you've lost faith in your OWN religion for some reason, that doesn't mean that God (the Creator of the heavens and the Earth) doesn't exist. Not only are YOU silly, you're too proud to allow a higher authority to tell you how to live your life. Therefore, you'd rather deny his all-too-obvious signs, instead. "Silly theists", indeed! We'll see where your pride will lead you.