The Bombardier beetle has been a long-time favorite of creationists. All the usual websites have articles about the critters. Now it’s the turn of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. Ol’ Hambo is famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building Ark Encounter, an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Hambo just posted this at his blog: Bombardier Beetles and Vomiting Toads. You gotta admit, that’s one of his most alluring titles. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
For most insects, getting eaten is the end — but not for the remarkable bombardier beetle. These little beetles are often discussed in creation literature because of their incredible design features, including the ability to shoot a boiling, noxious gas so they can escape predators.
Yes, they’re a marvel of design. Or are they? The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims debunks the claim that they couldn’t have evolved. But they can’t fool ol’ Hambo — the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He says:
But, according to new research [at Fox News: Study finds beetle has hugely disgusting survival mechanism], the bombardier beetle has another trick.
Hambo describes the research for us:
Researchers in Japan fed bombardier beetles to toads to see what would happen. Well, nearly half of the toads puked up the beetles anywhere from 12 to 107 minutes after ingesting them.
Isn’t this great? Hambo continues:
The hardy little beetles scurried off, apparently unharmed. It turns out that the bombardier beetle can release a nasty chemical cocktail inside the toad’s stomach (the audible “pop” of the explosion could be heard coming from inside the toad’s stomach), forcing it to vomit up their meal. The beetle is also protected by a hard shell that keeps it safe from stomach acid.
Verily, they are wondrously designed! Hambo then explains what we should learn from this:
These little beetles are an incredible example of God’s careful design in creation. But they also remind us we live in a sin-cursed world where predators eat prey and prey must try to escape. It’s a beautiful world, but it’s also a broken world, and we see both on display in the bombardier beetle.
Ooooooooooooh! Hambo is so wise!
We know you want to learn more about beetles and toads, but the rest of Hambo’s post is all about promoting his various publications, podcasts, and websites, so this is where we’ll leave him. Now go forth, dear reader, and tell everyone The Truth™.
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