Wicked Bugs

Wicked Bugs

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

Book - 2011
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Workman Press.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the insects, worms and spiders that have tormented humankind for centures. By the best-selling author of Wicked Plants.

Book News
This humorous and informative small volume on scary bugs examines some of the world's most odd, frightening and unique insects. Creepy crawlers discussed include African bat bugs, stinging caterpillars, Brazilian wandering spiders, oriental rat fleas and the death-watch beetles. Each entry includes a descriptive narrative as well as information on size, classification, habitat, and distribution, organized under such headings as "Painful," "Horrible" and "Dangerous." Stewart is the bestselling author of Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Chronicles the insects, worms, and spiders that have tormented humankind for centuries.
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
Branch Call Number: 632.7 STE
Characteristics: p. cm
Additional Contributors: Morrow-Cribbs, Briony


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Jan 24, 2019

Bedbugs...really do come from Hell.

Ugh! This book reaffirmed my disavowal of open-toed shoes. The book describes various horrible bugs in alphabetical order, with the occasional breaks in pattern to discuss certain types of bugs that fall under a common theme (such as bugs used in warfare, etc.). It’s perfect for budding etymologists! The illustrations are beautiful, and feel like something out of an 19th century biologist’s handbook. It may, however, make you a terrible conversationalist – I found myself sharing tales of bugs burrowing into toes and swimming in eyes for several days afterwards. What fun! (submitted by NE)

Mar 13, 2015

Brace yourself for the yuck-factor...it is a real page turner and a stomach turner too!!

Feb 14, 2015

Fun, scary AND educational - does it get any better?!? For myself, I'd have liked some photos or some more of the lovely illustrations, but that's just being greedy. The author hits a perfect note, with just the right amount of humour to offset the undeniable ick factor.

seki Jul 06, 2013

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

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.

Mocha6ft3 Mar 20, 2012

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

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

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

Nobody loves a maggot.

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