Of recent years an increasingly common sight is solar panels on walls and buildings that produce electricity from sunlight. This is done through a semiconductor material, usually silicon, which converts sunlight into electricity.

Whilst billions of dollars have been poured into perfecting this elaborate process, it turns out that an ordinary insect called the oriental hornet (see picture above) has been doing this since the beginning of time.

Scientists at the Tel Aviv university in Israel have found that this insect has its own “solar panels” that use the brown and yellow parts of its body shell to produce energy to power its life processes.

It does this, not by expensive silicon and feats of engineering, but by using a pigment called xanthopterin that converts light into electrical energy. The brown body shell traps the light and the yellow pigment of the body stripes does the conversion. It is believed that this is the main source of energy for this insect.

The scientists latched on to this when they noticed that unlike other insects, which prefer to fly and feed early or late in the day, these hornets always came out when the sun was up. Investigations showed that this was because certain ultraviolet solar rays that the xanthopterin needs to produce the electricity were then present.

The team of scientists imitated the structure of the hornet’s body to see if the solar collecting powers of the hornet could be successfully duplicated in the laboratory. The results were poor in achieving the same natural high efficiency rates of energy collection. So in the production of energy from sunlight, the oriental hornet wins hands down!

The research scientists admitted:

“These structures are very complicated. To build something similar would be very expensive and complicated, but the insects do it naturally. Their cells secrete all the building blocks and they just do self-assembly.”

Doing it “naturally” and “just self-assembly” are easy to say, but do the scientists have any real explanation as to why this little insect has a built-in process that modern technology cannot reproduce, despite all its sophistication and resources? And could it have developed merely by chance, as the evolutionists have to propose?

The only true explanation of all the phenomena of the living world is that expressed in the book of Job:

“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?” (12.7-9 KJV).