This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

 
© 2014ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
ApologeticsPress.org
Issue Features
  
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 11/1/2004


The Wood – Eating Machine

In the story of Hansel and Gretel, the two lost children came upon a house in the woods made of candy, cakes, and all kinds of sweet things to eat. Do you remember seeing pictures of this house in fairy-tale books, and thinking how tasty it looked? If you turned a classroom full of fourth graders loose to eat their fill on a house like that, it wouldn’t take long until the house was gone!

Did you know that there is an insect that thinks every house made out of wood is a wonderful, delicious feast? That’s right—the termite. Most animals and insects cannot digest wood. But God designed the termite perfectly to be able to digest the hard substance. This is good for many reasons. Wood is a difficult substance to decompose or break down. If there were no termites, piles of old wood would be lying everywhere. Also, the termites turn the wood into nutrients, and then other animals like birds, anteaters, or other insects can eat the termites, and use the nutrients from the wood.

Most of the time, however, when we think of termites, we do not think about the benefit they bring. We think about the damage they do to houses. It is true that termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage every year in the United States, but that is only because we build our houses out of their food. If we built our houses out of juicy meat steaks, how much damage would dogs do?

When we look at a termite’s life, we can easily see God’s design. He designed termites to live in a caste system, which means each termite has a specific job. Some are worker termites, others are kings, queens, or soldiers. Each group does something different. The queen lays eggs all day. It is thought that some queens can lay 1 egg every 15 seconds, and can live over 15 years. The workers take care of the queen and king, and the soldiers protect the mound.

God created this planet perfectly. He made wood, designed the special termite to decompose dead wood, and gave humans the ability to understand the process and protect their houses. We should be thankful to God for all of His wonderful creations, including the termite!



Copyright © 2004 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
U.S.A.
Phone (334) 272-8558

http://www.apologeticspress.org

Web Store

Explorer Series 7: The Church

This seventh installment of Explorer Series is for fifth and sixth graders to learn about the Church that Jesus came to Earth to establish. Students will learn about how and when the Church was established, who it includes, and how it should function (amo

Featured Audio

Listen

Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio