You could easily mistake Cornelia Hesse-Honegger‘s gorgeous insect drawings for the work of some retiring naturalist, in the vein of James Audobon.
But they’ve got an apocalyptic bent: Each of the drawings depicts a deformed bug, found at Cernobyl or a number of other nuclear reactor sites.
Hesse-Honegger, who is 65, spent the first 25 years of her career as an illustrator at Zurich’s Museum of Natural History. But documenting these deformed bugs is her life’s work: She has been at it ever since the Chernobyl disaster, in 1986.
Check out more images at But Does it Float–it’s haunting stuff.