The Katydid Bug


Some of the coolest bugs are the masters of disguise, the ones with awesome camouflage. One of the best is the katydid bug. We could walk right by these bugs and never actually find them.

The katydid bug’s camouflage is extremely detailed. They don’t just have the shape and color of leaves though; they grow veins like those on a leaf. They will even go so far as to add “dead spots” and several other flaws that leaves typically have. When the leaves are dead or changing, the katydid bug will also change. The end result is one incredible little bug.

This bug has another interesting feature as well. Their ears are not on the head, but in the crook of their front legs. These aren’t just typical ears either, they actually are quite advanced and incredibly similar to human ears. Like our ears, the katydid bug’s ears go through a process of funneling and vibrating through an eardrum type structure called the tympanum. Then the sound is amplified and channeled into a fluid filled chamber with little sensory hairs in it (like our cochlea). This chamber then sends signals to the brain that are interpreted as different sounds (Scientific American).

What is most amazing is the fact that no other bug has ears like this (ibid). Really, many creatures throughout the animal kingdom don’t have ears this advanced, even those which supposedly evolved from this bug. This raises the question: “How could this have evolved?”

In an effort to explain these mysteries, an evolutionist may interject, “Yes, but over millions of years, the bug can develop these features” (ibid). Where then is the documented evidence of this process of changing and growing these abilities? There is nothing in the fossil records. There is no series of bugs alive today that document a line of change. Remember, no other bug has ears like this. Its ears are one-of-a-kind among bugs. All that we have alive today are fully functioning, perfectly formed katydid bugs. We’ve never observed anything other than this.

To try and solve this problem about the ears, Ron Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University said, “[The finding] is yet another remarkable demonstration of convergent evolution.” Convergent evolution is basically the process where a species independently evolves traits that do not fit in the evolutionary line, but it ends up evolving them by living in similar environments as animals that have develop the same abilities (Science Daily).

Talk about trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Since science can’t document, display, or prove how a species can suddenly develop abilities far beyond their supposed place in the evolutionary line, the answer is to make a claim with a fancy name (i.e. convergent evolution), that a species can suddenly and unexplainably develop advanced abilities. Superior abilities, mind you, that are not only absent from the creatures they evolved from but even those they supposedly evolved into. Also, if this is an evolutionary process that comes from living in similar environments as animals with these abilities, then why don’t all, or most, or even some other bugs and animals living in these exact same environments have these abilities as well? It doesn’t make sense.

If evolution is the solution, then it has some tough questions to answer. How does the katydid bug know what colors to change into? How did it get the colors just right? How does it know to add veins and dead, disfigured spots? Why did it put ears on its legs? Where did it get the ears, and where did those advanced ears disappear to after the katydid bug?

It certainly is not the most popular solution in today’s world, but the design of the katydid bug is one which displays intelligence. It is intelligently designed, or rather, it is the result of an intelligent Designer, God. Nehemiah 9:6 proclaims, “You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You.” The Lord made all that we have. The katydid bug is one more example of His awesomeness.

One thought on “The Katydid Bug

  1. Again, enjoyed this. I look forward to your posts on critters that challenge conventional and mindless homage to the “proven” concept of macro evolution, which, when you really look at it, defies logic UNLESS… let me repeat, UNLESS,,, you refuse to consider intelligent design or, even, Creation. Once you have set these possibilities aside as “scientifically ridiculous” you set off on a process of explaining such phenomena with an infinitely MORE ludicrous explanation: that is that all of this intricate wonder is a result of random chance and natural selection.
    Natural selection is one thing for intraspecific change and intraspecific evolution… but it can NEVER explain the radical jumps from one species to another. Where are the interim pieces of the puzzle? Conveniently left out of the fossil record. Talk about sticking your head in the sand…. anyway, well done once again.

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