Living in the Arizona desert for nearly 40 years, I am very familiar with scorpions. As a kid we lived in a trailer park on the northern edge of Mesa, near the dry Salt River bed. Scorpions were so prevalent that we soon learned that when we took our clean clothes out of the drawer to get dressed, we had to shake them first to make sure they were scorpion free.
In junior high school, one of my friends who also lived in the same trailer park began collecting scorpions. We found them by just turning over rocks and debris and would collect them in jars and coffee cans. We would sell them to a professor at Arizona State University for 5¢ each. The scorpions were milked for their venom which was used for research and to produce anti-venom. Some weekends, my friend and I would collect as many as 1500 scorpions worth $75. Split 50/50, $38.50 a weekend was a lot of money to a kid in the middle 1960’s. Little did I know that later on when I was attending Arizona State University, that I would find myself volunteering to help milk the scorpions. In the course of a couple of years, I personally milked over half a million scorpions. So often I’ve been asked how does one milk a scorpion. I love this question and always respond that you use a very short stool, which always gets a laugh.
Some years later, I had the opportunity to go scorpion hunting at night with a few former colleagues. To hunt them at night, you use an ultraviolet light which causes them to fluoresce a brilliant blue or blue-green color. Most scorpion collectors and researchers today use an ultraviolet light at night; however, I still prefer daylight hunting by looking under things for them. Not everything in the desert fluoresces like a scorpion and at night you can’t see what else is out there.
Scorpions are also able to survive some of the harshest and hottest environments on earth. Many scorpions live such dry deserts that they rely on the fluids from their prey for their own moisture requirements. I’ve even read several reports that scorpions were found to have survived within a mile of ground zero after some of the above ground atomic test explosions in the Nevada desert.
Needless to say, I’ve always been fascinated with scorpions. That is what drew my attention to a recent study on the fluorescing properties of scorpions and what they might use it for.
The researchers discovered that the pigments that allow the scorpion to fluoresce are only produced in a limited amount. The longer a scorpion glows under a UV light, the more that pigment degrades until it is consumed and the scorpion no longer fluoresces. Since they are nocturnal, a bright full moon will provide enough natural ultraviolet light to affect these pigments.
Scorpions cannot see ultraviolet light, the researchers have concluded that they use the ultraviolet sensitive pigments to determine how dark or bright the night time is. If it is too bright, the pigments serve as a warning that they may be vulnerable to detection from predators. If the pigments are not stimulated, then the night is dark enough for them to safely venture out to hunt.
As I read this report, I couldn’t help but wonder how the evolutionists would explain the evolution of the fluorescent traits of the scorpion. For this to be an evolved trait, it would have required the development of the genes necessary to code for the production of the necessary proteins, enzymes and other macromolecules necessary to produce the pigments that fluoresce under the ultraviolet light rays. Then the rest of the cellular communication system would have to know what new elements and nutrients to allow into the cell for the pigment production. Then there would have to be a system developed that allowed the scorpion to interpret the sensitivity of the activation and degradation of the UV sensitive pigments.
Evolutionists seem to believe that this is no problem, however, if you examine it from a molecular level and quantitatively calculate the probability of all of these things to just randomly develop for this specific function, it would be so minute that it literally amounts to zero.
Scary to most, fascinating to a few, scorpions truly are a glowing or should I say a fluorescing example of a marvelous Creator God who knew just what they needed for their special place in His Creation.