Nature Nuggets

Nature Nuggets

Ants
Interesting Facts About Ants

 

*Ants may be tiny little creatures, but God has created them to achieve big things. Look up Proverbs 6:6 and see what the Bible says about the ant.

 

*Ants have six, three-jointed legs. Their legs are very strong and fast. For example, if an ant was your size, he would be able to run as fast as a racehorse!

 

*Ants don’t need to work out in the gym to be strong. God created them strong. They can lift 20 times their own bodyweight!  If you weighed 80 pounds and were as strong as an ant, you would be able to lift a full-grown Angus cow!  See if you can figure out what 20 times your bodyweight is.

 

*Ant’s jaws are strong and open and close sideways much like a pair of scissors. Ants get their nutrients by squeezing liquid from pieces of food because they are unable to chew or swallow solid food.

 

*Ants were created with not only one, but two stomachs! One stomach is to hold food that nourishes their body, and the second is for storing food to be shared with other ants.

 

*Have you ever noticed how homes have their own particular smell? Did you know that each colony of ants also have their own smell? If there is an intruder to an ant’s home, their scent will immediately be recognized. When a worker ant has found a good source of food they will leave a trail of scent that leads other ants of the colony to the food source.

 

 

Take a look at these leaf cutter ants. It doesn’t matter what their size—big or small—each ant is doing his part of the work.

 

Molly the Monarch

You must be born again. John 3:7

 


Molly the Monarch has had an incredible journey requiring time and patience. Her journey from an egg—about the size of the period at the end of this sentence—to a beautiful carefree butterfly has taken 33 days.

 

Molly waits 4-6 days before emerging from her egg.  And she’s hungry!  Since milkweed is the only item on Molly’s menu, she devours an entire milkweed leaf in less than five minutes! Her enormous appetite will take her transformation from being barely visible to a two-inch long, fully grown caterpillar in just 12 days.  It is understandable that Molly has to change wardrobes after so much eating.  She now weighs 2700 times more than she weighed when she hatched! She sheds her skin much like a snake—five times!

 

With a full belly, Molly will leave her milkweed restaurant and find a place to take a beauty nap.  Her last wardrobe change is into a protective casing called a chrysalis where she will hang out and wait for her transformation – into a beautiful butterfly – to take place in just 9-14 days.

 

As Christians, our journey with Jesus also requires time and patience.  If you feed on God’s Word—today and every day—you will experience growth that will transform you into the image of Jesus!

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

Monarch Butterfly Facts:

Monarchs are endangered

Monarchs have a wingspan of 3.5-4 inches

They fly at speeds of 12 to 25 miles an hour

They migrate between 1,200 to 2,500 miles

The male Monarch has a black spot on the inside surface of his hind wing

Their wings flap between 300-720 times a minute

Monarchs store milkweed toxins as protection against predators

 

Video by KSSonu from Pixabay 

 

Benny the Beaver

Beavers are water-loving mammals with thick waterproof fur, a large flat tail, webbed feet, and two large front teeth. 

 

Did you know that Benny and his beaver friends are rodents?  Rodents are gnawing mammals that are well known for their strong, constantly growing incisors with an absence of canine teeth. Benny has no need for a chainsaw, as he uses his big front teeth to fell a tree.  If Benny’s log is too large for him to drag to the construction site, he will float it in the water—nudging it here and there—guiding it along its way.

 

The beaver’s tail isn’t just for looks.  When danger is lurking near Benny’s home, he will slap the water with his tail in order to lead the predator away from his home.

Benny’s love for swimming is aided by his webbed feet. He also uses his large flat tail as a ruddera flat object used for steering—when he swims.

Because Benny has short legs, he uses his large flat tail kind of like a bicycle kickstand to prop himself up while he cuts the tree down with his teeth.

 

Benny works up quite an appetite working as a lumberjack.  Benny not only cuts trees down to build his lodge, but he also eats them! As a vegetarian, Benny’s diet is made up of leaves, roots, and the bark of some of his favorite trees such as aspen, maple, willow, and poplar.  He also enjoys feasting on aquatic plants—plants that grow in and near water.

 

Benny’s home is called a lodge—a dome-shaped home made by weaving sticks, grass, and moss, then plastered with mud to keep the water out.  Benny’s lodge can be up to 8 ft (2.4m) wide and as high as 3 ft (1m) on the inside.  Benny also builds a dam in the same way to create a pond for his enjoyment.

 

Bonny—Benny’s mate—will deliver from 1 to 6 babies called “kits,” weighing between 9 to 21 ounces (250-600 g) at birth. Kits are in the water swimming just 24 hours after they are born.

 

Video by brigachtal from Pixabay 

In the Beginning
God is a great Creator! (Genesis 1:1)

  

Man's Best Friend
Your best friend, no matter what you are going through, is always Jesus. (Matthew 26:50)

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