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Algonquin Books
288 pages
Product Description
<DIV>In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world,<br>Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures<br>that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most<br>painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the<br>“bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs<br>delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.<br>With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating<br>stories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that<br>explore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard<br>(“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobias<br>that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”).<br>Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture<br>diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue<br>that begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard<br></DIV>