Toxic Caterpillar a Silent Witness


DSC_0007_530sigIntroducing the Tussock Moth the carrier of cardiac glycosides.  It feasts on milkweed and dogbane. This little invertebrate is filled with silent witness examples of a Creator. First, because of the glycosides, predators find this fuzzy caterpillar highly distasteful. Not only foul tasting, cardiac glycosides toxins can disrupt human heart activity.  Besides being toxic the tussock moth caterpillar is able to make warning clicks with tymbal organs. Last, the orange and black colors also warn predators that this is a foul-tasting mouthful.  They may taste horrible, but they are beautiful with symmetry of color and design.

We may admire its beauty. We may find its fuzzy tufts astonishing, but this little invertebrate leads us to One greater, much greater.

How does this caterpillar eat poison and live? Gradual development of tolerance to cardiac glycoside is not possible-it is poison. If it could not consume the toxins found in its host plant from the beginning, it would die-no more tussock moths. But an Almighty Creator would have no difficulty in creating a moth larva that eats toxic milkweed.

Do you need hard evidence of God? This little caterpillar is. It is a living witness to God, infinite, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God. Read Romans 1:20.

This caterpillar gives witness to God. He exists. This calls for a significant question. How is your relationship to God? Non-existent? Do you want a little of God when you are in trouble? God designed the tussock moth perfectly, and all of creation with it-including me and you. Now to the biggest question: are you satisfied with no God; a little God? Perhaps you want a bit of God like poet Wilbur Rees:

 Three Dollars Worth of God.

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,

but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk

or a snooze in the sunshine.

I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man

or pick beets with a migrant.

I want ecstasy, not transformation.

I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth.

I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

— Wilbur Rees

God, infinitely wise Creator of the tussock moth, wants an all-in relationship with you and I. You can know Him.

Do we settle for 3 dollars’ worth?  Only 3 bucks of an interminably endless, boundless in power God? Look at it this way, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all you heart. God is all set to love you as only he can; since before you were born.  Think about all the good things in life-realize none compares to the eternal goodness of a life lived all for God. Nothing is lost- eternity is gained. Why settle for 3 dollars’ worth? God has given us his all. What would your life be like? God is a perfect Creator, his specialty is humans.



Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.