When I Consider! – Elephant Ears and Scarab Beetles

When I Consider!

When I Consider!

Evidence From Biology – September 12

180px-Aphodius_specThere is an amazing relationship between certain types of elephant ear and the scarab beetle. It has only been recently learned that many elephant ear plants depend completely on the scarab beetle for pollination. Elephant ears make a flower stalk, called a spadix, which has three different kinds of flowers: male, female, and sterile. The beetles are drawn to help in the pollination process of crawling around on the spadix to get to the sterile flowers, which they love to eat. In the process of crawling around on the spadix to get to the sterile flowers, the beetles also pick up pollen from the male flowers and pollinate the female flowers.



It is amazing that none of the male or female flowers are ever eaten though they look exactly like the sterile flowers! The plant has produced a sacrificial look-alike in order to attract a specific pollinating insect which has no interest in its productive flowers. How could the plant have known to do this? Why would it ever produce a flower useless except for the actions of another creature? This miraculous interdependency had to have been specifically designed.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 4, p29

O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? (Deuteronomy 3:24 NKJV)

From A Closer Look at the Evidence, September 12, by Richard and Tina Kleiss

See Also:
Mystery of the Elephant Ears at ©Creation Moments

Elephant Ear Story from Cloudbridge Nature Reserve
Miniature Elephant Ear Surprise by A Neotropical Savanna
Xanthosoma Giant Elephant Ear Plants by Central Florida Farms

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2 thoughts on “When I Consider! – Elephant Ears and Scarab Beetles

  1. Where can I get purple elephant ears? I got the green ones but the purple area hard to find please help me to find them thanks.


  2. That was super interesting, Lee! It certainly speaks to the interdependency of our Lord, doesn’t it?

    I got a lifetime question answered tonight! What makes fireflies glow in the dark? Yay!


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