Wicked Bugs

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

By Amy Stewart
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565129603, 288pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover

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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. From the world s 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. It s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that
explore 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 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 begins but doesn t end in your own backyard



NPR
Saturday, Apr 30, 2011

Amy Stewart, who brought us a disturbing slender volume called Wicked Plants has a new and perhaps even more disturbing book called Wicked Bugs. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Stewart about her A-Z list of the most loathsome insects and the havoc they cause. More at NPR.org

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Monday, Apr 25, 2011

Parasitic tapeworms, the world's largest hornet and a bug with overly aggressive mating habits are all featured in science writer Amy Stewart's book Wicked Bugs, which examines more than 100 of the strangest entomological creatures on the planet. More at NPR.org

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