Title: Japan: Mutations in Butterflies Rise Near Nuclear Plant
Author: Tim Newcomb
Date: August 14, 2012
Mutant butterflies were found near Fukushima — is there a positive way to spin this? Oddly enough, yes | ti.me/RThnA3
— TIME.com (@TIME) August 15, 2012
No matter how you cut it, finding mutant butterflies is hard to spin as a positive result. But the knowledge gained from the pale grass blue butterfly, a.k.a. Zizeeria maha, as the country recovers from one of the world’s worst nuclear could potentially help down the roadpower disasters.
butterflies can be particularly susceptible to radiation; not all animals will suffer a similar fate, which is exactly why researchers want more tests done on different species. “Sensitivity [to irradiation] varies between species, so research should be conducted on other animals,” Joji Otaki, an associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, told the Japan Times.
Fortunately for humans, they generally fare better than butterflies when it comes to handling radiation. Hopefully much better.
Published: August 18th, 2012 at 1:15 am ET
- The Australian: The devastating physical & genetic effects of Japan’s nuclear disaster are revealed — All mutant butterflies were caught far outside Fukushima evacuation zone August 14, 2012
- Japan Times: Study finds ‘abnormalities’ in 52% of second generation offspring from butterflies collected May 2011 — Unusually small wings, premature death August 12, 2012
- Biologist on Mutated Butterflies: Study is overwhelming in its implications for humans — Japan Researcher: Insects were believed to be very resistant to radiation — Irregularly developed eyes, malformed antennae, much smaller wings (PHOTO) August 13, 2012
- Study: Significant decrease in abundance of Fukushima birds and butterflies as radiation levels increase -NYT July 12, 2012
- Report: Freaky mutant bugs found — Likely a first, says expert — Prefecture bordering Fukushima (PHOTOS) December 22, 2012