Many adult beetles emerge for Mushimushi Land theme park

Adult beetles have begun to emerge from pupae at a farm in the Tokiwa district in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. The adult beetles will be brought to the "beetle dome" at the Kodomonokuni Mushimushi Land theme park in the Tokiwa district. A number of beetles measuring some 8 centimeters long could be seen moving in the breeding enclosure. The beetle dome was once designated as an emergency evacuation preparation zone following the outbreak in March 2011 of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The beetle dome reopened in the summer of 2012 after the designation was lifted. The operator of the theme park started in 2012 to check radioactive substances of the beetle larvae to confirm their safety. A large-scale decontamination was completed at the theme park and its vicinity by the end of June. The theme park operator will invite about 150 five-year-old boys and girls at nurseries and kindergartens in Tamura to the July 12 ceremony to mark the beetle dome's reopening the following day. Yoshinori Yoshida, 50, a senior official of the theme park operator, said he hopes a number of children will get close to the beetles.