Leaf Bugs Information 1997Cornelia Hesse-Honegge, a scientific illustrator from Zurich, Switzerland has, since 1987, made a study at her own expense on the health of leaf bugs (Heteroptera) in areas polluted by radioactivity from the Chernobyl cloud and in close or off wind areas around nuclear power stations in Switzerland, Sellafield, Great Britain, Chenobyl in the Ukraine, Three Mile Island and Peach Bottom Plant in the USA and Krummel in Germany.She claims that artificial nuclear radiation in low
doses is very harmful to leaf bugs and vegetation andillustrates in small water colours all the details of the deformites she has found in the insects she has studied. Her work places her in opposition to scientific orthodoxy, which says that low doses of radiation are not dangerous to wildlife. She is not only very worried about what she finds around nuclear power plants, compared to non polluted places, but also by the lack of scientific interest in independent research in this area. She hopes that the pictures of damaged leaf bugs will make people understand that our everyday
pollution of nature not only can cause irreversible damageto our genetic material but also the loss of many species along the food chain Through the medium of her pictures she asks if this is what you want and poses you some questions.
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has recently shown: Nach Chernobyl: 23rd November to 10th January 1997 at Oxford University Museum. For information contact The Laboratory The Future's Mirror: November 17th to January 19th 1997 at Tullie House, Carlisle. For more information contact Locus+