Fukushima

Yamakiya Sakai
The research area Yamakiya Sakai is near the border of the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi. This area has been heavily irradiated. At the border to the exclusion zone soldiers were positioned. We collected 6 true bugs and 60 leafhopper mostly Cicadella viridis. None of the true bugs was damaged but 47 out of the 60 leafhoppers were mostly pale and many of them pale and morphologically damaged.

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Thorax of a leafhopper, Cicadella viridis from Yamakiya Sakai, Japan. The animal is pale without its natural coloration and an indentation on the right side
Watercolor, Zürich 2017

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Thorax of a leafhopper, Cicadella viridis from Yamakiya Sakai