“Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
Though they are less than a half inch in length, recent studies have shown that Habronattus jumping spiders have eyesight that, in some ways, rivals our own. In fact, they can do something even your family pooch can’t do – see colors.
According to Nathan Morehouse of the University of Pittsburgh, “The eyes of jumping spiders could not be more different from those of butterflies or birds, and yet all three tune the color sensitivities using pigments that filter light.” Scientists call this “spectral filtering,” and until now, nobody suspected that a spider would be capable of it.
ScienceDaily, of course, jumps to the conclusion that the jumping spider’s ability to see colors “is a remarkable example of evolutionary convergence.” According to evolutionists, convergent evolution is the independent evolution of similar features in species that aren’t closely related. For example, evolutionists tell us that flying insects, birds and bats evolved the ability to fly independently of one another. They are said to have “converged” on this useful trait.
This term, however, explains absolutely nothing. Evolutionists are unable to demonstrate how even one kind of creature evolved the ability to fly. Their problem is compounded when they have to explain how flight evolved three times in unrelated creatures.
The real reason why these jumping spiders see color is the same reason why bats, butterflies and birds are able to fly. Because their Designer made them that way. This isn’t jumping to conclusions. It is simply taking God at His word.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving every creature what they need to survive, and thank You most of all for what You have given to me – salvation through the shed blood of my Savior. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Jumping spiders are masters of miniature color vision,” ScienceDaily, 5/18/15. Daniel B. Zurek, Thomas W. Cronin, Lisa A. Taylor, Kevin Byrne, Mara L.G. Sullivan, Nathan I. Morehouse. “Spectral filtering enables trichromatic vision in colorful jumping spiders,” Current Biology, 2015; 25 (10): R403 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.03.033. Photo: Habronattus jumping spider. Courtesy of Kaldari. (CCO-1.0 UNIVERSAL PD)