Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical InsectsHardback
- Publisher: Timber Press
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 180mm x 25mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: Portland, OR
- ISBN 10: 1604692944
- ISBN 13: 9781604692945
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 69,873
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 bookwormsA" that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. 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.
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Amy Stewart is the bestselling author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. She lives in Eureka, California, where she and her husband own an antiquarian bookstore.