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Wicked Bugs

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

Stewart, Amy

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wicked Bugs
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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-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565129603
1565129601
Branch Call Number: 632.7 S8492w 2011
Characteristics: xiii, 271 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Morrow-Cribbs, Briony

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I don't have a huge bug freak-out factor, except for centipedes. So the short chapter on the giant centipede that hangs from cave ceilings to catch bats in flight will give me nightmares for years to come. Great book that appeals to all ages.


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People do not like bugs. And there is good reason. They are an annoyance and disrupt our daily life. The stories about these bugs highlight this fear. Each bug featured in the book has a story behind it. How they have created havoc throughout history. Some of these stories are a dozy. It could make you not go outside, unless you attract filthy flies.....

May 30, 2012
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book that will have you itching to peel back t he cocoon of facts to find just how dangerous some of our creepy friends really are. And the stories to relate the facts are highly readable.

Mar 20, 2012
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While looking for information about the "Wandering Spider" on the computer this book was part of the search. This book covers a large variety of bugs. The information about the sheer numbers of insects,bugs, and arachnids is mindblowing. Just knowing that historical figures such as Napolean was greatly affected by these bugs is well worth the read. The drawings were cool, but i wish they were actual pictures. It's a very good book. I give it 4 stars.

Aug 06, 2011
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great writing! I was really creeped out by the stories used to emphasis some of the parasites/ insects. The drawings were just realistic enough to bother me enough that I found I couldn't touch the pages with spiders on them... Fascinating read.

Jul 26, 2011
  • cori_s rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting, but not for the weak of heart. Lots of gross parasite descriptions! Much better and more in-depth than her first book in this style: Wicked Plants.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • mswendybe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nobody loves a maggot.

Jun 21, 2013
  • mswendybe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nobody loves a maggot.

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