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

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

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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 foes—creaturesthat infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s mostpainful 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 Bugsdelves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillatingstories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections thatexplore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard(“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobiasthat feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”).Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capturediabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intriguethat begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard
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 foes—creaturesthat infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s mostpainful 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 Bugsdelves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillatingstories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections thatexplore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard(“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobiasthat feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”).Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capturediabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intriguethat begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard

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Publish date: May 3, 2011
Added to Scribd: Apr 02, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781616200633
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satyridae reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I enjoyed this, even though I kept saying, "Ick. Oh, yuck. Really? Gross!" all the way through. Guinea worms and bot flies and parasitic wasps and killer hornets... and even more. I was mesmerized and horrified and bemused and educated. Just the thing I needed.
glade1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I enjoyed this little book and its companion. They are lighthearted and contain interesting information but are not as in-depth as some might hope. My comments for this one echo mine for Wicked Plants. Wish there were photos, it left me hungering for more information on some species, etc. But overall I enjoyed both books.
sarahfine_1 reviewed this
A sometimes bonechilling, always absorbing collection of world-changing bugs. Some of them devour homes and crops, others pack a painful sting, and still others prefer to eat people! Short essay-like vignettes provide the scientific rap sheet, along with an examination of each critter's modus operandi, historical influence, and solutions (if any) which have been found to stop it. You may find yourself, as I did, morbidly obsessing over every detail of that miniscule moving dot you just found under your plant, but at least you'll have a new fount of sparkling dinner conversation. Well, on second thought, maybe wait until after eating!
dickmanikowski reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Fascinatingly quirky collection which examines the ingenious ways in which insects and arachnids and the parasites which they transmit prey upon other living creatures, including us. This is a companion book to the author's earlier work, WICKED PLANTS.
corcra_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book, as the title suggests, revolves around the world of bugs, or rather the more sinister bugs. The plus of this book are the wonderful illustrations. I enjoyed the fact that these illustrations are both realistic as well as whimsical. One whimsical illustration shows the 'Zombie' insects in classic zombie horror movie poses. The facts provide by the author were interesting even if some of these facts were not completely clear. One example is, the history of the bacteria that cased bubonic plague is still debated and probably not the same strain as the Plague of Justinian. There were some defined chapters but I wish the bugs would have been better grouped into chapters such as dangerous, destructive etc. Overall, this is a great introduction into the more wicked world of insect that anyone can read, but if you have a greater knowledge about insect this book is a bit too basic.
lizphoto_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
"Wicked Bugs" made me feel very satisfied, the kinda of satisfaction you get after a good scratch of a a very itchy body part. I loved this book, not only was it informative but it was funny to boot. Not being a expert on bugs or wanting to become one, Stewart gives just the right amount of information on bugs to be terrified by them or love them. The drawings of the bugs were a nice addition instead of the same old pictures you find on google. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys bugs or who just want to creep out their friends!
akblanchard_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Much like the author's earlier work, Wicked Plants, this book provides a glimpse into the extraordinary habits of insects. The book's short chapters make it enjoyable to read, but it's not very substantial. I found that once I was through reading it, I didn't retain much of the information.
fuzzi_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
A friend passed this book on to me, and after I started reading it, I wanted to finish it in one sitting. It's a highly entertaining series of descriptions and stories regarding certain insects/bugs/spiders/etc. Not for the overly squeamish, nor for those who have some sort of bug phobia (reading the part about cockroaches made my toes curl!)
richardderus reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Rating: too busy scratching to give it one.The Book Report: Amy Stewart, perpetratrix of [Flower Confidential] (a book I loathed), has given us bite-sized bios of horrible, horrible, horrible little creepy/crawly or fly-y/stingy horrible things with lots of horrible legs and horrible, horrible ways of mating and reproducing in general. Most of the worst ones are female. Just like in life.My Review: I've finished it, and so far I've determined that I suffer from:--scabies--Guinea worm disease--tapeworm--Lyme disease--elephantiasis--bilharzia--sand-fly infestation under my itchy toenailI've taken eleven showers with surgical scrub so far. I expect that, when I go outside next after the haz-mat suit is delivered, I shall be ridiculed...but I *won't* be a feast for the horrible disgusting vile scary critters this book is about!
jaspersmama reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Parasitic, opportunistic, and hard to get rid of. No - I'm not talking about Sarah Palin. What I'm referring to are the worms, flies, beetles, spiders, and other insects in Amy Stewart's Wicked Bugs. This book is even more disturbing than the books precursor, Wicked Plants. I also found it more compelling and harder to put down than Wicked Plants. Perhaps because the human-insect relationship is a bit more intense than the human-plant relationship. Consider the woman who extracted her pet tarantula's poison sack and baked it into a pie in a laughable attempt to kill her husband and collect on an insurance policy. Also interesting are some of the evolutionary tactics these insects employ and how they continue to adapt to humans in their quest to exterminate them. Another great part of this book are the illustrations - definitely enough to make your skin crawl.

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