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Rad Deformities Illustrated
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Swiss artist, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, finds and draws bugs deformed by Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents and exposures
https://beyondnuclearinternational.org/2...s-insects/

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"After studying the bugs in Sweden she illustrated mutations in many places and documented them in her book Why I Am in Österfärnebo? She did field studies near the Krümmel nuclear power plant in Germany and the French reprocessing facility in La Hague, and she made drawings near Three Mile Island and the nuclear test site in Nevada. Logically, one of her insect illustration books is called “The Future’s Mirror.”

In October 2016, she was invited to Japan to give the opening speech at the Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection in Nihonmatsu, where, at the same time, she showed her work at the Fukushima Art Biennale. But she also took the opportunity to conduct a field study around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Her studies focus on what are called true bugs — or Heteroptera. These insects belong to the phylum Arthropoda and are a suborder of Hemiptera.

“Since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986 I have collected 18,000 true bugs, cicada and ladybird beetles,” Hesse-Honegger says. “I have conducted epidemiological studies in areas with nuclear power plants, nuclear reprocessing plants, nuclear test areas and the nuclear factories at Hanford. After collecting the true bugs, I examine them and paint some of them with the help of my binocular microscope. With my watercolors I show the quality of disturbances. With the help of maps I can demonstrate the percentage and distribution of disturbances.”
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#2
Sad to report that the bees in my neighborhood haven't made a spring appearance yet. Flowers are blooming waiting for them. Insect declines are shrinking bird populations. Only about a dozen birds at the feeder. I know pesticide use is taking a toll but that usage hasn't changed much in my area. What has changed is even more radioactive releases of unknown origins being reported last fall.
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#3
I believe your assessment. There's nothing stopping the radiation exposures to wildlife/insects/soil biota. I'll ask Bo, Marco & Tim if they can help facilitate studies on loss of insects in the US. We've seen reports from others about insect "disappearance" but have no, or unknown, scientific data to cite.
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#4
Over twenty years of observations of a backyard garden and feeding the birds and bees. 3-11 was the biggest change. Then in 2014 and again this year nature takes a dive. Grasshoppers and ladybugs are doing okay, maybe more resistant, those will be left to study.
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#5
It'd be interesting to see a chronological chart of bee health (or other insects) in different countries. Say 1970-2017. But, I'm sure that the necessary rad data does not exist, though CTBTO could help, if they were not gagged.
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#6
Certain insects seem to be on a rapid decline.  I did read of an ongoing insect mass study that reported dwindling mass in recent years but markedly so in this years count.  As much as the bee problem has been studied, its curious that we've looked at mites, insecticides and EM but not much public info on the radiation effects other than small scholarly studies  showing effects after large doses and at low levels of continuous exposures.

5-13 Four honeybees did show up on the mint the other day but that's all I've seen so far. That's a serious decline from previous years when the mint patch was covered every day from the middle of April with more bees than could be counted.
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