Day 99: Why Nature Bites Back


Carnivorous plants digest insects in the butterfly garden at the Singapore airport!

As I’m trying to write this post, nature is going wild outside my window.  I’m not sure what’s up.  My dog is annoyed and is scratching at my arm so that I will comfort her.  While I like to think of nature as my friend, a closer look might actually startle.  Here are some suggestions about why nature sometimes bites back.

Carnivorous plants – We usually think of plants as nature’s decorative art for the outdoors.  Wonderfully enough, we can also eat plants to properly nourish our bodies.  Nowadays though, we find more and more plants that do bite back.  My husband just returned with pictures from the Singapore terminal 3 Butterfly Garden.  This is a picture of one of the many kinds of Nepethes pitcher plants the airport keeps in the garden.  According to Softpedia, these plants became carnivores (meat-eaters) because the soil lacked nutrients they could also get from insects.  That resulted in the plant developing a method to catch the insects.  Let’s hope they don’t develop a need for something that humans can provide them.

Flies – Yes, flies do annoy us at picnics and on other occasions when we think it might be a good idea to spend some time with nature.  Did you know that the bite of some flies might blind you?  To think that, while enjoying a dip or living near a fast flowing river in West or Central Africa, one might get bitten by a black fly that can cause blindness is horrifying.  This devil fly simply bites, plants a worm larvae into the body, and leaves a person to itch, have lesions, and sometimes go blind. According to Science Daily, doctors continue to find new ways to fight river blindness. Does that make you want to enjoy nature in these parts of Africa?  For what purpose does this fly cause such mishaps to humans?  The fly first gets infected by the parasitic worm larvae in the water and spreads it by biting the human.  Like some mosquitoes, these flies are the transmitters of terrible diseases.  Is that a reason for nature to bite us back?

Geckos– Who could resist the cute Tokay Gecko?  They are cute and look like cartoon characters.  They are wonderful because they eat large insects including cockroaches, which I hate.  On the other hand, Tokay’s do bite back if given the chance.  According to, they are called the “pit bull” of lizard pets.  When they are large, they may bite and not let go.  FactZoo suggests putting vinegar on its nose to cause it to withdraw its bite.  Believe me, I’ll pass out before I find the vinegar if I’ve a Tokay attached to my body.  Why do Tokay’s bite?  Apparently, it’s their nature.  Training them not to bite is not often likely, according to many reptile owners.

So if you ever believe that you are the king of the universe, or that there is no God out there with a more amazing brain than we could ever conceive of, just pay attention to nature.

Here’s nature biting me back for writing about it this morning.  Just click and listen for yourself!

“If it can lick, it can bite.”  French Proverb


6 responses »

  1. That was a wild storm tonight! And I guess the snakes that “randomly” appear in my yard are really mourning the loss of the rice paddies that used to be here.

    Praise God we can look forward to a day when He will make all things new.

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