Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

Amy Stewart


In this darkly comical examine the sinister facet of our courting with the ordinary world,
Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes―creatures
that infest, infect, and usually wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most
painful hornet, to the flies that transmit lethal illnesses, to millipedes that cease site visitors, to the
“bookworms” that consume libraries, to the japanese beetles munching in your roses, depraved Bugs
delves into the extreme powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.
With wit, kind, and exacting examine, Stewart has exposed the main terrifying and titillating
stories of insects long past wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that
explore insects with kinky intercourse lives (“She’s simply now not That Into You”), creatures lurking within the cupboard
(“Fear No Weevil”), bugs consuming your tomatoes (“Gardener’s soiled Dozen”), and phobias
that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to insects (“Have No Fear”).
Intricate and unusually appealing etchings and drawings by way of Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture
diabolical insects of all sizes and shapes during this mix of background, technology, homicide, and intrigue
that begins―but doesn’t end―in your individual backyard

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