The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects
by Amy Stewart
2011, 271 pages, black/white illustrations throughout. This darkly comical book looks at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world. The author has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the worlds most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the ″bookworms″ that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.
With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. Its an A – Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that explore bugs with kinky sex lives (″Shes Just Not That Into You″), creatures lurking in the cupboard (″Fear No Weevil″), insects eating your tomatoes (″Gardeners Dirty Dozen″) and phobias that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (″Have No Fear″). There is a full-page illustration, fascinating text, and box showing size, family, habitat, and distribution for each species.
Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder and intrigue that begins – but doesnt end – in your own backyard. Hardcover; 5-3/4 x 7-1/4″.
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