Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart
The amateur naturalist in me was piqued when this book came up in my Goodreads list. I was certainly not disappointed. Wicked Bugs is a fascinating presentation of the darker side of our relationship with bugs. Amy Stewart presents a small sampling the most dangerous, painful, destructive and horrible ones that humans have encountered.
Bugs have indeed changed the course of history from the louse that wiped out Napoleon’s army during the French Invasion of Russia to the locust that wiped out crops in the Great Plains. You cannot read this book without developing a deeper respect for nature or learning something new.
How can a millipede stop a train? Are a lot of earthworms always a good thing? In what countries is it best to iron your sheets after hanging them outside to dry? Can a wasp really turn a cockroach into a zombie?
Is your interest piqued? I certainly hope so. I'm ready to check out Stewart's bestseller—Wicked Plants.