|Jan Swammerdam entomology|
- Jan Swammerdam studied their lives and found
- maggot and fly are phases of the same creature.
- Insects develop gradually from egg, to larva, to winged adult
- much the same as humans—from egg, to embryo, to infant,
- to a creature that can dissect an insect under a microscope
- to find the underdeveloped wings of the adult in the larva.
- The pattern of a tree is in its seed.
- The organs of an animal differentiate from pluripotent cells.
- Everything on Earth seems to develop from its beginning
- and to carry its beginning within itself.
- Only the beginning of the imagined beginnings are in doubt.
- Aristotle was either wrong or right
- about the number of legs of the mayfly,
- depending whether, for legs, he counted
- only the limbs the mayfly walks on.
- Jan Swammerdam wrote a book on the insect
- titled Ephemeri vita,
- and he became famous, posthumously,
- in the eighteenth century,
- but few today remember or care to know
- and fewer able and willing to read this work,
- considering that it is out of print and heavily laden
- with claims for the glory of God.
- God created many things
- that last only for a time
- but are just as worthy of being loved
- as anything we consider worthy.