How do wasps collect solar energy?
How does the solar energy system of wasps work?
What is the secret of wasps’ computer system that works faster than the direction finding computers people use?
What is the special system which wasps have to reach the nectar in flowers speedily?
Bees, which are a large family composed of twenty thousand species, are among the beings that have the most striking knowledge of engineering and architecture, posess social lives which are quite different from many other animals and that leave the scientists who examine them in astonishment at their communication skills. Bees have great technological knowledge as well as their honey-making ability, which is one of their most well-known and miraculous abilities. Bees behave according to Allah’s inspiration, just like all other beings on earth. Allah Who created everything reveals His sovereignty over living things in Surah Hud as such:
“… There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock. My Lord is on a Straight Path.“ (Surah Hud, 56)
Wasps That Collect and Use Solar Energy
The “Eastern Wasp” (Vespa orientalis), which is a bee species living in the region between the Near East and India, is most active in the hottest hours of the day in comparison to other insect species that are more active in the morning. This is because this bee species sets up their nests under the ground and collects the rays from the Sun thanks to a special structure in its stomach, and they use this as an energy stock through a pigment created by Almighty Allah. The answers to the questions that scientists have been pondering for a long time as to the function of the yellow bands on their abdomens, and why their active hours are so very different from their relatives, are hidden in this structure.
Almighty Allah Created the Body Structure of Wasps in Compliance with Collecting Solar Energy
Allah, the Lord of the worlds, created the brown section of the hard caticula layer of the outer skeleton that surrenders the body of this bee species out of hard riffles with a height of 160 nanometers. The structure of the section, where the yellow band is, is more different. Here an oval shaped ledge at a height of 50 nanometers is interlocked with another one. This structure prevents the reflection of sun light and obtains energy by capturing light in this region.
Another characteristic Almighty Allah created for these beings to collect solar energy is their pigment cells. The melanin pigment inside the cuticula is brown, while the xanthopterin pigment is yellow. This yellow pigment turns the light into electrical energy and functions as a worker that harvests light.
When one contemplates these facts in the light of this information, a very important conclusion is arrived at. This bee species did not gain the ability to collect solar energy using its own will or by coincidence. Knowing that the hottest hours of the day are at noon is not something bees could ascertain. All of the knowledge bees have is inspired by Almighty Allah. In one verse, this truth is revealed as such:
“He is Allah – the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him.He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.”(Surat al-Hashr, 24)
Bees That Solve Problems Faster Than Computers
Computers are used in many areas of daily life, mainly in communication, gathering data, engineering and research. Today computers are used in the solving of many problems. The help of computers are resorted to in order to find the shortest way in terms of time and distance. Computers compare the length of possible routes and choose the shortest one for solving this complicated mathematical problem. However, they can never do it in a rapid fashion. But bees, which have a brain as tiny as a grass seed, can find the shortest route without the help of any devices . This is because bees looking for food solve the problem of finding the shortest way in the shortest time, which computers find difficult to solve, every day routinely. Every day, bees travel around the flowers found in many different regions; they must use lots of energy to fly and for this reason they find a route that will keep their flight to a minimum. For this they first discover the location of flowers. Then, they immediately learn to fly on the best route in order to save energy and time. So, how do bees’ tiny brains solve this problem of finding this perfect short way, in comparison to people’s technological assistants depending on traffic flow, internet knowledge and road computers? The answer of this question is again the same. Our Almighty Lord created all beings with His infinite might and knowledge and bestowed the most appropriate features for their environments. In one verse it is revealed as such:
“The Originator of the heavens and earth. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is.”(Surat al-Baqara, 117)
Bees That Have Ultraviolet Vision
When bees fly into a garden, they see flowers very differently than people do. This is because they detect ultraviolet light as an additional color and when they look at flowers, they see different patterns than people do. These patterns are not formed randomly. Our Almighty Lord has created different patterns on every flower specially. The characteristic of these patterns is to direct the bees to where the nectar is, just like the lines on an airport runway. In this way, bees can reach the flowers’ nectar rapidly.
There is a very important connection between flowers and bees. Both creatures act according to Allah’s inspiration and so attract one another. For example, flowers that need to be fertilized by bees secrete the nectar that will attract the bees. Allah bestowed on flowers the characteristics that will attract bees with their scents and vibrant colors. But the characteristics Allah bestowed on flowers are not limited to these; this is because flowers also have lines that help the bees reach the nectar easily.
This relationship between bees and flowers is very important in terms of human beings. This is because beekeeping is very important for agricultural purposes. Many fruit trees and flowers are fertilized through bees. Therefore, some specialists recognize this support provided by bees as a contribution far more important than honey production. When this information is considered, one immediately thinks about the verses about the honeybee in Surat an-Nahl. Allah draws attention that bees eat from all fruits in these verses:
“Your Lord revealed to the bees: ‘Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.’ From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect.” (Surat an-Nahl, 68-69)
Bees Act With Allah’s Inspiration Just Like All Other Creatures
The perfect systems in bees and abilities such as rational behavior, calculation, planning, construction and technological knowledge clearly prove that it is impossible for a bee to be formed and maintain its existence through coincidences. Therefore, evolutionists’ theories of coincidence have no validity. This is because even these examples given in this article show that bees are created all at once, and with the systems they possess. Allah created bees with superior qualities, just like all other living things. And He granted bees technological abilities to produce honey in amounts more than they need and gave them to the service of human beings. So these characteristics show one truth: Allah is the One Who grants these features and amazing abilities to the bees. Allah shows us His infinite knowledge and matchless creation just as in all other beings. For a person who witnesses this creation, the only thing to do is to praise our Lord and surrender to Him. In one verse, He reveals the importance of evidences of creation as follows:
“And in your creation and all the creatures He has spread about there are Signs for people with certainty.” (Surat al-Jathiyya, 4)
What is the Reason That Bees Visit the Same Flower Species When Collecting Nectar?
An interesting situation that will attract notice is bees that collect honey in a field full of different flowers are watched for a little while. Bees come and go between a single flower species at a time. When they fly from one flower to another, they do not even pay attention to other flower species.
This action of bees that visit the same flowers, sometimes for days, is beneficial for both them and the flowers. We can explain this situation as such: A bee that lands on a flower for the first time may have to work for a very long time to find a single drop of nectar, when it does not know the structure of the flower. The bee gains speed and skill only after it visits the same flower for the fifth or the sixth time, and it begins to save time as it can reach its target easily.
This situation is beneficial for flowers because as bees prefer one species of flower, a speedy and safe fertilization is ensured. This is because a flower’s pollen cannot fertilize other flowers, and the flower can only be fertilized by the travels taken by bees among the same flowers. Bees use scents to find the same species of flowers.
Bees mark the flowers, which they visited for once or collected nectar or pollens, by leaving a scent. So the bees that come after them do not lose time and energy for no reason.
The Flawless System in the Bees’ Body Structures
There is a matchless creation in the bees’ body structures. Every organ of the bee is created specially to carry out its current tasks. For example, the skeleton of the bee is very strong. Its respiratory system has a structure that will provide more nutrients for the tissues by using the air better. The muscle structure has different qualities in every area of the body according to different needs. For example, there is no outer membrane, which is found in other muscles, on its wing muscles to provide more oxygen. In the same way, the olfactory and taste systems are also created according to the bee’s task of collecting flowers. All of the perfect bodily structures of bees are only one of the many evidences of Allah’s matchless art of creation and infinite wisdom. Allah reveals that He encompasses all things with His wisdom in one verse:
“Your god is Allah alone, there is no god but Him. He encompasses all things in His knowledge.’” (Surah Ta Ha, 98)
Examples of Bees’ Other Miraculous Creation Characteristics
Bees at the same hive visit 225,000 flowers a day. A single bee generally visits 50 to 1,000 flowers a day. Sometimes this number can be a few thousand.
The queen bee produces 2,000 eggs five or six minutes apart. In this way, it can produce almost two hundred thousand eggs a year.
Bees need to visit two million flowers in order to produce 450 grams of honey. In order to produce one kilogram of honey, they travel a distance equal to traveling around the world four times.
A bee can travel fat speeds of twenty to twenty five kilometers per hour.
According to the results of a research, the bee brain works faster than the most advanced computers of the world. Today, the most advanced computer can do sixteen billion processes per second. The bee brain’s number of processes is exactly 625 times, meaning ten trillion. While the bee brain can do so many processes, it consumes far less energy than a computer. The energy consumed by ten million bees is as much as the energy needed to light a 100-watt bulb. (The bee brain consumes less than ten microwatts of energy)
Some spider species imitate the patterns on flowers, which Allah created for the bees to find the nectar easily, and use these patterns while knitting their webs. In this way, bees assume that the spider web is a flower. However, bees are not completely defenseless. This is because as they recognize ultraviolet light, they can easily see the polarized light around the sun. Therefore, they can find their way back home by looking at the sun even on a cloudy day. If a bee that gets very close to a spider web recognizes this without getting caught, it can find its way back home by looking at the polarized light.