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Darwin Was “Assassinated” – Karl Priest

Darwin was bugged by insects.

One of his major concerns with his dogma of natural selection was the dilemma of sterile ants. He was astounded at their existence. See my article Ants Make Evolutionism Sterile”.

It obviously gave him quite a headache. However, another insect gave him some real pain.

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He wrote about his unpleasant experiences with a couple of beetles. “A Cychrus rostratus once squirted into my eye & gave me extreme pain; & I must tell you what happened to me on the banks of the Cam in my early entomological days; under a piece of bark I found two carabi (I forget which) & caught one in each hand, when lo & behold I saw a sacred Panagæus crux major; I could not bear to give up either of my Carabi, & to lose Panagæus was out of the question, so that in despair I gently seized one of the carabi between my teeth, when to my unspeakable disgust & pain the little inconsiderate beast squirted his acid down my throat & I lost both Carabi & Panagæus!” ( Darwin had little or no comprehension of the amazing design.

that allowed the beetle to do what it did. Darwin got quite a mouthful, but it got worse for Mr. Darwin.

Darwin spent many of his later years in a sickly state. He had major gastrointestinal issues that made him miserable. Some say he was a hypochondriac. Others say his poor health was emotionally derived because of the spiritual implications of the evilness of evolution. A third potential cause is a bite he suffered from an insect commonly called an assassin bug.

During his voyage around the world one of his land visits was to Argentina. One particular incident may be what led to his many years of physical suffering. “We crossed the Luxan, which is a river of considerable size, though its course towards the sea-coast is very imperfectly known: it is even doubtful whether, in passing over the plains, it is not evaporated and lost. We slept in the village of Luxan, which is a small place surrounded by gardens, and forms the most southern cultivated district in the Province of Mendoza; it is five leagues south of the capital. At night I experienced an attack (for it deserves no less a name) of the Benchuca, a species of Reduvius, the great black bug of the Pampas. It is most disgusting to feel soft wingless insects, about an inch long, crawling over one’s body. Before sucking they are quite thin, but afterwards they become round and bloated with blood, and in this state are easily crushed. One which I caught at Iquique (for they are found in Chile and Peru) was very empty. When placed on a table, and though surrounded by people, if a finger was presented, the bold insect would immediately protrude its sucker, make a charge, and if allowed, draw blood. No pain was caused by the wound. It was curious to watch its body during the act of sucking, as in less than ten minutes it changed from being as flat as a wafer to a globular form. This one feast, for which the benchuca was indebted to one of the officers, kept it fat during four whole months; but, after the first fortnight, it was quite ready to have another suck.” ( Those were assassin bugs.

According to WebMD, a type of assassin bugs are a primary carrier of a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Darwin exhibited all of the symptoms of someone with that disease, but s cientists have been refused permission to test Darwin’s remains. Ironically, another name for assassin bugs is “kissing bugs” because they often bite close to human mouths. Darwin may have gotten the “kiss” of death from an insect.

The astonishing design of assassin bugs is definitely the kiss of death to evolutionism. Their amber remains and their rock fossils are simply assassin bugs. There are no transitions. They were, are, and always will be assassin bugs.

Whether Darwin’s death was due to an assassin bug does not matter in the eternal timeline. Darwin had his appointment and we all face ours*.

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*Also see “Counting to the Appointment”.


Are assassin bugs “bad” bugs?

Assassin bugs are considered to be important bio-control agents especially in organic (i.e. not pesticide managed) agro-ecosystems.

Karl Priest

Written by Karl Priest

Karl Priest has over 35 years of experience as an educator mostly as a mathematics teacher. He has worked with students from grades K through 9 including four years as a principal. He is a strong supporter of home and Christian schools. You can see his ministry at

While in the Navy Karl accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in November of 1968. God led Karl into several different areas of ministry one of which is using his insect collection to proclaim Christ as the creator. You can see Karl’s testimony on the Internet at

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