posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 10:34 PM
Big deal, the fireflies cometh.
Larvae artificially raised from genji botaru fireflies in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, where the nuclear power plant is located, have been released
in a reservoir in Iwaki. The fireflies are expected to emerge early next month.
Norio Abe, 56, director of Itabashi-ku Hotaru Seitai Kankyo-kan (Itabashi Ward firefly ecological environment museum) in Tokyo, collected firefly eggs
in Okuma in 1989 and has artificially bred them since then. Because his mother hailed from Okuma, Abe hoped to bring the progeny back to the town
Learning about Abe's efforts, members of a local merchants association in the Iwaki Yumoto hot spring area asked Abe for his support, hoping to
"make fireflies near clean water a symbol to dispel harmful rumors" caused by the nuclear crisis, they said.
On June 4, about 110 students of Yumoto No. 1 Primary School in Iwaki released 700 larvae and 5,000 small snails the larvae feed on in a reservoir
"I want to see fireflies glowing soon," said Kota Suzuki, a sixth-year student.