The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
by Amy Stewart
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In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foescreatures 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 to 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). 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 beginsbut doesnt endin your own backyard
- Algonquin Books, May 2011
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