A tiny insect known as the bombardier beetle is equipped with an amazing defense system. When threatened, he combines and fires two combustible chemicals from twin tubes in his tail. Hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone are what makes up the explosive mixture. The beetle secretes a special inhibitor chemical which keeps them from reacting before the beetle desires. Two enzymes (catalase and peroxidase) make the chemical reaction in the combustion chamber go much faster than normal—causing them to violently explode. This noxious mixture shoots into the face of an attacker with a loud pop at boiling temperatures. Fine muscular control allows the beetle to fire several bursts in rapid succession from a 270-degree directional turret. How could this incredibly complex system evolve over time? If just one of these numerous components was out of sync, the beetle would explode and not survive to pass on his genes! They must have been present and working perfectly the very first time. This shows the miraculous design of God’s Creation as written in the opening verses of the Bible.
Posted by: Rob Lester | July 14, 2010
Brilliantly designed bombardier beetle