The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi51° Gradual Clearing

Tonight

Lo27° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi44° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo20° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi49° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo27° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi54° Mostly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo33° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi58° Mostly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo36° Partly Cloudy

Detroit’s death by democracy

Send to Kindle
Print This
DETROIT — In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: “I had no intention to write atheistically” but “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.” What appalled him had fascinated entomologist William Kirby (1759-1850): The ichneumon insect inserts an egg in a caterpillar, and the larva hatched from the egg, he said, “gnaws the inside of the caterpillar, and though at last it has devoured almost every part of it except the skin and intestines, carefully all this time avoids injuring the vital organs, as if aware that its own existence depends on that of the insect on which it preys!”

View my options or Sign in