Daily Devotional – September 2
A United States entomologist has estimated that one pair of Colorado potato beetles, if allowed to reproduce unchecked, would increase to over 60 million in one season. One female fly, beginning reproduction in May, would produce 143,875 bushels of flies by August. Aphids reproduce quickly, and in one season they can produce over 13 generations. If not held in check, the world’s aphid population would be ten sextillion aphids in one year. Imagine living in a world where insects were not controlled. But what controls insect reproduction rates?
Fortunately, birds have a large appetite for insects. It has been found that a scarlet tanager can eat over 600 gypsy moth caterpillars in 18 minutes. It has been estimated that chickadees alone eat over 8 billion insects per year. Birds keep the insect population in balance. Now consider what evolutionists say about the origin of birds – they did not evolve until many millions of years after insects appeared on our planet!
Without birds, insects would have decimated the world’s vegetation. The world would have been a bleak place with little life. What we see is actually what God has said, that He created both birds and insects during the first week of creation at the very beginning of time.
As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
~ John 21:9
Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett
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