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Today's Creation Moment

Creation Truth in a Comic Strip
Psalm 146:1-2
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being."
I admit it. I enjoy reading comic strips from time to time. I especially love the single-panel "Far Side" cartoons by Gary Larson. He's one of the only cartoonists who has repeatedly focused on the...

Six-Legged Law and Order

Romans 13:4a
“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God....”

Like human society, many social insects have laws, lawbreakers and law enforcement. Researchers have now established that at least 15 species employ law enforcement.

While these insects rely on a queen as the only egg-layer of the colony, the workers are also capable of laying eggs that can hatch. One of the most common crimes in these nests is “rogue six-legged law and orderegg-laying” in which one of the workers tries to sneak some of her eggs in among the eggs laid by the queen. This is strictly forbidden. The other workers – or even the queen herself – will enforce nest law that requires the death of the offender. Then, the offender’s eggs are searched out and destroyed when found. In one experiment, researchers planted worker-laid eggs in a honeybee nest. Within 24 hours, workers had found and destroyed all but 1 percent of the eggs that had not been laid by their queen. Another researcher offered nursemaid ants a mixture of eggs, some from their queen and others laid by the workers. The nursemaids quickly stacked most of the queen-laid eggs and began to care for them. However, when they discovered a worker’s egg, the nursemaids would typically pass the egg around among themselves and then finally crush it.

Law and order is a gift of God to both man and animals for which we owe God thanksgiving.

I thank You, Lord, for those who enforce the law among us. Keep them under Your protection. Amen.
Science News, 3/19/05, pp. 184-186, Susan Milius, “Cops With Six Legs.”