Science illustrator Cornelia Hesse-Honegger records mutations of insects found near radioactive disasters, including Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Her watercolors offer a rarely-seen view on the long-lasting effects of radioactive contamination on living beings.

[Cornelia Hesse-Honegger via Neatorama]

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Tree bug from Parvin Road near Hanford WA, USA
The right feeler lacks a section

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Harlequin bug near Three Mile Island, USA
The Scutellum is curved and its yellow ornament is asymmetrical.

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Soft Bug larva from Posonby, Sellafield, UK
Both of the left wing tips are damaged.

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Tree bug, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Right tip of the neck plate is flattened

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Housefly mutant ‘aristapedia'
Parts of legs are growing out of the feelers and the eyes are yellow

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Squash bug from Rohr, Canton Aargau, Switzerland.
Left cover wing is a short stump.

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Soft bug from Pripjat, Ukraine
Right side middle leg is short with no foot but two claws

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Damsel bugs Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Wings of uneven length and disturbed neck plate

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Scentless plant bug from Würenlingen, Canton Aargau, Switzerland
Left cover wing is blown up like a balloon

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Tree bug from Slavoutich, Ukraine
Right feeler is disturbed.

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Drosophila melanogaster
The left wing is a little clump

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects

Ladybird beetle near Three Mile Island, USA
Dent and a black growth on wings.

The Mutant Art of Radioactive Insects