By A. O.
Hemeroplanes Triptolemus: A Snake-Mimicking Caterpillar
The creature in the picture is Hemeroplanes triptolemus. Anyone looking at this image is bound to think it is a snake, but it is, in fact, a snake-mimicking caterpillar.
Hemeroplane caterpillars can be found in various parts of Central and South America and Africa. This species, which looks no different from other caterpillars under normal conditions, undergoes a rapid change when threatened and miraculously comes to resemble a snake.
These animals are in fact quite harmless but possess the ability to deceive predators by striking at them to make them think they are about to bite them. Although they are not poisonous like many snakes are, they adopt this tactic to ward off other animals that threaten them.
Our Almighty Lord has given this animal an immaculate mimicking ability to protect it from predators. That immaculate mimicking ability in this creature, which knows nothing about snakes’ appearances or their modes of attack, once again reveals the infinite artistry of God.
The mimicking ability displayed by this caterpillar is too flawless and perfect to have come about gradually, in the way the evolutionists like to claim. With that immaculate mimicry ability God has given it, Hemeroplanes triptolemus praises and glorifies Omniscient and Almighty God.
“He is God – the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.” (Al-Hashr, 24)
A Note by the Editor:
Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,
“Say: ‘Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?’ Say: ‘Allah.’ Say: ‘So why have you taken protectors apart from Him who possess no power to help or harm themselves?’ Say: ‘Are the blind and seeing equal? Or are darkness and light the same? Or have they assigned partners to Allah Who create as He creates so that all creating seems the same to them?’ Say: ‘Allah is the Creator of everything. He is the One, the All-Conquering.’”(Al-Ra`d: 16)
“He [Allah] hath created the heavens without supports that ye can see and hath cast into the earth firm hills, so that it quake not with you; and He hath dispersed therein all kinds of beasts. And We send down water from the sky and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the Creation of Allah. Now show me that which those (ye worship) beside Him have created. Nay, but the wrongdoers are in error manifest!”(Luqman 31: 10-11)
“We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice since He is Witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things?”(Fussilat 41: 53-54)
Taken with slight editorial modifications from www.harunyahya.com.
A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.