Allah Ta'ala's Fascinating Creation the Caterpillar


Saturday, 09 February 2008 16:26

What would you do if you had 450-500 eggs that you had to keep outside? It would no doubt be wisest to take the necessary precautions that will prevent them from being scattered and strewn with the effects of natural causes like wind. Hence, the silkworm which is among the animals that lay the highest number of eggs (450-500) at once, apply very wise methods to preserve its eggs. The silkworm prevents its eggs from being scattered or strewed by attaching them to each other with an adhesive material (string) it secrets.

The caterpillars that leave their eggs will find an appropriate branch for themselves and will stick to that branch with the same string. Then they begin to build a cocoon with the string they secrete to get developed in it. It will take 3-4 days of non-stop working for the new born caterpillar to finish this process. During this period the caterpillar would turn around thousands of times and secrete approximately 900-1500 m. long strings. With the end of this process, the caterpillar, without any break, will begin the metamorphosis process which will turn itself into a beautiful, charming butterfly.

Neither the precautions that the mother silkworm takes in order to preserve its young, nor the attitude of the little caterpillar, unaware of anything and which does not have any experience or knowledge can be explained by evolution. First of all, the string secreted by the mother silkworm to protect its young has a miraculous structure on its own. The baby caterpillar that builds a cocoon appropriate to its surroundings, and the metamorphosis process that begins all of a sudden and ends without any problem is beyond the limits of human understanding. Under these circumstances we can definitely say that every caterpillar is born knowing what to do; this means every one of them is "taught" to do what they do.



Let us clarify this miracle with another example: What would you think if you see a new born human baby, standing up just one or two hours after his birth and beginning to gather the materials needed to prepare a bed (quilt, pillow, cushion, etc.), and what would you think if you see this new born baby succeeding in making his own bed?

After you throw off your bewilderment, the most logical result that you can reach is that the baby is "trained" to do these somehow in his mothers womb in an extraordinary way. The case of the caterpillars are in fact no different from the above mentioned baby.

This would again take us to the same result: all these living beings are born, behave and live just as the way their Creator, Allah Ta’ala created and designed them. Qur'an announces that Allah had revealed to the honeybee and had commanded the honeybee to produce honey (Sura Nahl, 68-69). This announces an example of a giant secret of life. This secret states the fact that, all living creatures are submitted to Allah's will and follow the faith designated by Allah. The honeybee produces honey and the silkworm produces silk for this very reason...  (HARUN YAHYA)