Japan Times: Study finds ‘abnormalities’ in 52% of second generation offspring from butterflies collected May 2011 — Unusually small wings, premature death

Published: August 12th, 2012 at 10:53 am ET


Title: Radioactive fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdowns caused abnormalities in Japan’s butterflies
Source: Japan Times (Jiji)
Date: Aug 12, 2012

Radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture created abnormalities among the nation’s butterflies, according to a team of researchers.

“We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No. 1) nuclear power plant caused physiological and genetic damage” to pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan, a recent article in Scientific Reports, one of on-line journals of the Nature Publishing Group, said.

Radiation exposure harmed butterflies’ genes […]

Study’s Findings

  • Abnormalities such as unusually small wings were found in 12 percent of the total.
  • Rate rose to 18 percent in a second generation […] some even died before reaching adulthood
  • When second generation butterflies with abnormal traits mated with healthy ones, the rate of abnormalities rose to 34 percent in the third generation
  • It nearly doubled to 52 percent among a second generation born to the original butterflies
  • The team collected another 238 butterflies last September and determined that the abnormality rate stood at 28 percent
  • After the larvae [collected from Okinawa, one of the prefectures least affected by fallout,] were exposed to radiation and fed with leaves contaminated with radioactive materials, similar rates of abnormalities and premature deaths were observed

About Study

  • 121 adult pale grass blue butterflies
  • In and outside Fukushima Prefecture
  • Sampling conducted May 2011
Published: August 12th, 2012 at 10:53 am ET


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28 comments to Japan Times: Study finds ‘abnormalities’ in 52% of second generation offspring from butterflies collected May 2011 — Unusually small wings, premature death

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Tragic for the butterflies but useful to counter those absurd "fear is the main risk, keep smiling" stories floated by the pro-nuke people.

  • arclight arclight

    Radiation effects on birds – Fukushima compared to Chernobyl

    "..In July 2011, the researchers identified and counted birds at 300 locations in Fukushima Prefecture, ranging from 15 to 30 miles from the damaged nuclear complex. Largely still open to human occupation, these areas had external radiation levels from 0.5 to 35 microsieverts per hour.

    Overall, the bird community as a whole was significantly diminished in the more contaminated areas…"


    Insects left disfigured by nuclear radiation

    15:00 24 April 2008 by Michael Marshall

    "..No one wants to live too close to a source of artificial radiation, not even insects. Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has spent 20 years travelling around the world, mostly in Europe, capturing and studying over 16,000 insects, many living in the vicinity of nuclear power stations, or other artificial sources of radiation. Her conclusion, not surprisingly, is that exposure to radiation increases the chances of deformity.

    She made particularly detailed studies of the regions worst hit by the Chernobyl radioactive cloud: the south of Sweden and the Ticino canton in Switzerland. Drawing on her skills as a scientific illustrator, she made to-scale watercolour paintings of many of her specimens, illustrating deformities such as misshapen wings and stunted feelers…"


  • One of the authors asserts:
    "Humans are totally different from butterflies and they should be far more resistant" to the health effects of radiation, Otaki noted.

    This is not quite true.

    It is going to take more time for the effects to bioaccumulate and bio-magnify in people because we eat higher up on the food chain and our lives are longer but we also will suffer the increasing genetic damage in our progeny…

    We can look to Chernobyl to see how it happens.

    The difference of course is that Chernobyl involved one reactor whereas Japan has involved multiple reactors; Chernobyl was relatively contained relatively quickly whereas Fukushima is still spewing after a year and a half.

    Yesterday I had the unfortunate experience of having heat exhaustion. I was struck by the similarities to the early symptoms of radiation exposure.

    Many people in Japan have been diagnosed with heat stroke this summer. It may be radiation poisoning.

    I've listed symptoms and linked reports on the heat strokes reported in Japan.

    Please, if you are in Japan and are diagnosed with heat exhaustion or heat stroke,

    PLEASE DEMAND that you are tested for internal and external exposure to radiation.

    Symptoms of heat exhaustion/stroke mimic early symptoms of radiation poisoning but the TREATMENTS ARE DIFFERENT.


    • NoNukes NoNukes

      I'm so sorry, majia! That must have been disturbing. Where do we get tested? When I called the few labs I could find last summer, they actively discouraged me from doing so, "radiation from Fukushima won't get here," etc., etc. I will credit one guy with saying, "We won't find any radiation" in such a way that it was a clear waste of money to give them any.

      Remember the hair analysis idea? I couldn't find a lab that would test beyond U238, so there was always the out of "natural" radiation. I remember reading about a German lab that some people in Japan used, I'll see if I can find it.

    • BringoutYourDead

      ""Humans are totally different from butterflies and they should be far more resistant" to the health effects of radiation, Otaki noted."

      "This is not quite true."
      Yes it's true, humans live longer than one year,and that's where the comparision breaksdown.

      In a one year lifespan of butterflies we are seeing problems. What does that mean for us humans?

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        From a gene mutation standpoint, we don't breed as fast. The percentages in generations will be about the same, but it shows up faster in lifeforms that breed quicker.

        Any lifeform that breeds in a shorter timeframe will exhibit these mutations for us to observe. 52% deformities in only the second generation of originals? We are all originals after 3/11. The rest is simple math.

        We are seeing our future.

        • BringoutYourDead

          "We are seeing our future."

          We are, but, we've leftout the BioAccum factor. Insects with a one year lifespan can not account for this.

          Ours will be worse.

  • Urban27

    Here are no flies this summer. And at all very few insects. The flies I refer to are the normal flies that comes indoors and fly around in the middle of the room, repeatedly changing direction. These flies are also rather annoying as they persisting coming back to ones face. I think I haven't seen one this summer.
    Is there anyone else that has noticed something like this?
    I live in south of Sweden.

    • Hi Urban

      I have noted the demise of cockroaches in my garden (about 90% reduction that started last summer).

      This summer I noted that hermit crabs were down significantly in the tide pools in our favorite beach in San Diego California we've been visiting for over 20 years.

      I researched these two animals and found cockroaches are very vulnerable to inhaling radionuclides in the soil and disappeared after Chernobyl. Hermit crabs had the highest internal radiation in the Atolls after the hydrogen bomb tests there in the late 1950s. See my links above for source citations.

      I've also noticed very few baby quail this year. My dad noticed this deficit also.

      There is no way of proving these anomalies are from Fukshima. However, I think it is very important that we keep a running tally. Enenews has a thread dedicated to anomalies.

      • June bugs were totally MIA this summer also.

        • I live in Nicaragua and even though I try to delude myself with the fact that I am below the jetstream and less immune to the effects from Fukushima, I noticed a big reduction in June bugs and grasshoppers this year. Not as many butterflies, too.

          Many of my friends who spent several months in California returned with headaches and coughs that won't go away. I haven't said anything. They know how I feel about Fukushima, but the majority think that the government would never lie about something so serious. To them, I am being verily paranoid when I talk about what has happened at Fukushima and what will eventually happen at #4 and all of the problems with nuclear reactors in the US. Every day I meet people who have no idea what Fukushima is. They believe that the problem was solved on March 13, 2011.

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            Kelly, You are neither deluded or paranoid. And the things you are noticing are realities. I did want to make mention of the fact that the weird weather changes and environmental conditions behind some changes in insect populations,etc.-there holds the slim chance of being a "natural"(?)cycle of changes taking place? But my gut says fuku,and your psychological "self-defense mechanism" in re;"below the jetstream"-is the equivalent of my own adaptation & "adoption" of a few short statements & vids from Arnie,C.Busby,etc. asserting that "most of the radiation fallout was stopped by the Cascade & Rocky Mountain Ranges,which minimized the fallout in the flat,Midwestern region"-which I grasped onto and eased my mind with. I'll tell you what I think about those who label us as paranoid,deluded,whatever~if they actually looked into the issue,event(s) and still choose to adopt a pro-nuke,neutral,or blissfully ignorant(by choice)-then it's the mainstream public's choosing to let humanity end by its own hand and 9 of 10 of 'em basically are too scared to face the harsh reality this issue represents & they pass up the chance to do anything about it and push it out of mind and sight-perhaps assuming "someone else" would do the work necessary to shut 'em down,or that the Govt. and "Braniac" scientific community either has control of the situation or will "handle it" before it becomes "their" problem?!! Now who's "deluded"?!Kelly,your concerns are valid-"hold…

          • rambojim

            Kelly Ann,
            Many people are to busy watching dancing with the stars to care about the future of the human race…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Hi Majia and everyone!- Regarding cockroach population decrease noted~"I WAS under the impression that roaches (and rats,etc.)were highly resistant to radiation effects and would be one of the few creatures among the list of vermin that would survive and even "thrive" following a thermonuclear war and the resulting radioactive environment??!!-It appears I was misinformed and can add this to the list of things the haughty scientific community is wrong about! I guess their anatomy precludes the ability of cucharacha's to "smile" away the harmful effects of radiation the way it's supposed to work for their "2-legged cousins"?!!lol! Oh well-I learned something new again here on ENE News! 🙂 BTW,I haven't talked with you in quite some time as I've been dealing with my wife's sudden onset of Inflammatory Breast Cancer diagnosed last Feb.20th that she already went thru chemo and had her entire left breast and 3 lymph nodes removed 3 weeks ago and has just recently been found to be free of any "detectable" cancer,will not need further chemo as was planned-although I'm concerned & upset about the #35 "Radiation Therapy" treatments set to begin very soon as a "precautionary measure"(?!)-Hopefully that will go well too,but I'm not too thrilled about this last part of her Treatment Plan! I wonder what Earthly life forms AREN'T affected by Fukushima and ??!!~Anyways I hope this post finds you and your family well!! Best Wishes & Luck to you & yours!~Take Care~

        • NoNukes NoNukes

          Hi Johnny Blade,

          You have been missed. I'm so happy to hear about your wife's freedom from any detectable cancer. It all must have been terrifying. "Wild Turnip" introduced or reminded people at Enenews about how cheap and effective Liposomal Vitamin C is, maybe that could be added into the mix if not already on board:

          May 13, 2012 at 4:39 am · Reply
          LIPOSOMAL ENCAPSULATED VITAMIN C – As Effective As IV – DIY for Pennies

          A few years ago, New Zealand dairy farmer Allan Smith contracted swine flu and nearly died. Doctors were taking him off life support, citing they could do no more for him (they had also just found he had leukemia), but his family insisted on trying high-dose intravenous vitamin C. In just two days of IV-C treatment, his fluid-filled lungs which were in a "white out" state were showing clear areas! After a few days, the hospital stopped the treatments and refused to continue. The family started giving him oral lypospheric vitamin C.

          Video here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Living-Proof-Vitamin-C—Miracle-Cure/tabid/371/articleID/171328/Default.aspx


          I started making my own liposomal encapsulated vitamin C after watching this youtube video.


          "I wonder what Earthly life forms AREN'T affected by Fukushima and ??!!"…me too!

        • Johnny Blade

          I am so happy to hear that your wife is now cancer free.

          I'm sure you and she are in many of our thoughts…

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Worms, slugs and snails seem to be missing in Northern California.

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Hello NoNukes!-Thanks for the "welcome back" and kind words & Vit.C info regarding my better half & her cancer. I know you and my fellow citizens unfortunate to live in the hardest hit western USA are likely to have been,and continue to get nailed with Fuku releases that is already as bad or worse than parts of Japan and will continue to be the cause of lots more "anomalies" while the EPA,NRC & "Big Nuke" will continue to lie & deny about regarding "their" connection to it as usual. I noticed a recent post(maybe here on ENE?)about tens or hundreds of thousands of earthworms found dead in an area far from the site of the nuclear disaster & release point-unfortunately my short-term memory is getting bad and I'm unsure whether it was about Fukushima or Chernobyl?-but it rang a bell when I saw your comment about the worms,slugs & snails you've noted as being MIA in N. Cal. BTW,My "big plan" prior to 3/11 was to move to N.Cal,~ and grow my own organic food & medicinal herb and "used to" continually work on my wife with my "The West is the Best"pitch until I finally had her sold on it.Sadly,I've given up on that "pipe dream"and cling to my "sliver of hope"that there might be a breakthrough able to neutralize or greatly minimize nuclear crap,but I'll settle for any gains made towards shutting them all down for now and hope & pray that my wife's bout with cancer at present & last years loss by our daughter of our unborn grandchild will be the end of the…

        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          cont'd~unexplained and tragic health issues with "unknown" causes. I'm a bit "doom & gloom" at times,but not without reason,and my logic is considered sound enuff here among my peers for the most part-so I'll have to be content with that too,for now. Maybe people will wake up in time to demand action & accountability? I won't hold my breath though!lol…. Take Care and I'll be back (gotta take care of the wifey) 🙂

    • Clover23

      To Urban27, I live in Karlstad (Värmland) and there are plenty of flies, along with bubble bees, honey bees, wasps, lots of dragon flies, mosquitoes, and all other little creatures as we normally have. No bug reduction here, thankfully.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Also, There is PLENTY of flies here in Chicagoland and they wouldn't be missed if they suddenly disappeared-sans the probability of the annoying sound of starving frogs "croaking"(in more ways than one!lol) and maybe a notable increase in the activities of radioactive spiders hunting for a new staple to their diet in the absence of flies in their webs perhaps?!! It makes me wonder though-which creature's demises will bring attention & focus of the sheeples to finally seek the TRUE underlying cause? I'll never again underestimate human ability to bury their heads in the sand while being sodomized by filthy industries and the Govt. agencies & officials "gettin' paid" to allow it to continue!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!~WE'RE GONNA NEED IT!!

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Anyone care to hazard an extrapolated guess to humans? This, as I have mentioned many times, has been my main concern all these many months.
    We must not mess with this stuff because we do not know how the cumulative effect will manifest X generations ahead.