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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.
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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.
Authors: Stewart, Amy
Title: Wicked bugs
the louse that conquered Napoleon's army & other diabolical insects
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 271 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Amy Stewart ; etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
Contents: African bat bug
She's just not that into you
Asian giant hornet
Assassin bug
Bugs of war
Bed bug
Biting midge
Black fly
Black widow
Stinging caterpillars
Bombardier beetle
Brazilian wandering spider
Curse of the scorpion
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown recluse
Chigger mite
Chigoe flea
Have no fear
Cockroach
Colorado potato beetle
The gardener's dirty dozen
Corn rootworm
Death-watch beetle
Bookworms
Deer tick
Filth fly
I've got you under my skin
Formosan subterranean termite
The ants go marching
Giant centipede
Mediterranean fruit fly
Millipede
Arrow poisons
Mosquito
Mountain pine beetle
Nightcrawler
The enemy within
Oriental rat flea
Paederus beetle
Corpse-eaters
Phylloxera
Rocky Mountain locust
Fear no weevils
Sand fly
Scabies mite
What's eating you?
Spanish fly
Tarantula
Tsetse fly
Zombies
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
ISBN: 9781565129603
1565129601
Branch Call Number: 632.7 S8492w 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Insect pests Arachnida
Topical Term: Insect pests
Arachnida
LCCN: 2011003629
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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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