Radiation-contaminated areas in the United States

In the summer of 1998 I conducted a field study to collect Heteroptera true bugs from the Hanford area and other sites around Washington State and Idaho, all areas contaminated by radiation from Hanford. I found the most profound deformities in the true bugs around the towns of Richland, Fort Spokane, and north of the city of Spokane, as well as west of Lake Coeur d’Alene, and to the south from Plummer to Potlatch [ 2 ].


Ambush bug from Othello near Hanford, Washington
Watercolor, Cashmere / Zürich 1998
Ventral: the left side front leg is crippled.


Ambush Bug from Othello, USA