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

Stewart, Amy; Illustrated by: Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
Algonquin Books 2011
ISBN 978-1-56512-960-3
259pp
Date finished: 2016-08-08

Stewart tells a wide variety of anecdotes about nasty insects that are venomous, parasitic, or transmit disease. There's no unifying theme or argument, other than "insects certainly can be strange!". There are poisonous caterpillars in Brazil that are dangerous to step on. Many insects rely on blood meals either to survive or to produce eggs, so they cause untold human misery: examples include assassin bugs, fleas, mosquitos, and even the Congo floor maggot. Locusts and Mediterranean fruit flies can devastate agriculture across entire regions or countries. The finely-drawn and stippled illustrations by Morrow-Cribbs are beautiful and complement the text nicely.

Tagged: biology

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%S The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
%A Stewart, Amy
%Q Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
%K biology
%G ISBN 978-1-56512-960-3
%I Algonquin Books
%C Chapel Hill
%P 259pp
%D 2011
%@ 2016-08-08

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