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  • Bugs are Better at Science Real Science: In 2010 a team of researchers from Israeli and British universities discovered that the yellow stripe in the hornet's abdomen is capable of harvesting the sun's light and converting it into energy. In fact, the main metabolic activity occurs in that yellow pigment layer (ie the sun may be its main energy source). The process is made possible by a pigment called xanthopterin. This might explain why the insects are more active during intense sunlight, unlike most hornets. It has been suggested that the Oriental hornet uses xanthopterin as a light harvesting molecule to transform light into electrical energy, which may explain why the insects are more active when light intensity is greater. Although no explicit biochemical mechanism has been determined for this animal light to energy conversion system, it remains an active and important area of scientific research (Plotkin et al., Naturwissenschaften (2010) 97:1067--1076). Karl Priest the Insect man www.insectman.us Karl (The Insect Man) Priest Play List http Thank God for Insects Which Drive Evolutionists Buggy
  • Giant Hornet / oriental wasp oriental wasp: small and a big one The Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis, is a hornet which looks very similar to the European hornet. It should not be confused with the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia). The female queen measures 25 to 35 mm long, males and workers are smaller. In males, the antennae have 13 segments, while females have always 12. In 2010 a team of researchers from Israeli and British universities discovered that the yellow stripe in the hornet's abdomen is capable of harvesting the sun's light and converting it into electricity. The process is made possible by a pigment called xanthopterin. This might explain why the insects are more active during intense sunlight.[1] Oriental hornet Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Vespidae Genus: Vespa Species: V. orientalis Binomial name Vespa orientalis