Butterfly With Wingspan the Size of the Bird Spotted in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photo : Facebook/ Chernobyl’s Radiation and Ecological Biosphere ReserveTech19:09 GMT 09.10.2020Get short URLby Max Gorbachev
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The exclusion zone was established in 1986 around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, considered the worst nuclear disaster in the history of humankind. Less than 100 people died as a result of the explosion of the reactor, but in subsequent years thousands more have died due to exposure to escaped radiation.
A butterfly with a wingspan the size of small bird was spotted in the Chernobyl exclusion zone by employees of the region’s Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve, who reported the encounter on the organization’s Facebook page.
Scientists at the reserve say the butterfly is not a mutation, but a very rare and rather beautiful species; Catocala fraxini, known as the blue underwing.
Chernobyl’s Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve was established in the Chernobyl exclusion zone in 2016 to preserve unique flora and fauna in the region, conduct ecological research and remediate land contaminated with radiation.