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

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By: Amy Stewart (Author), Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator)

272 pages, b/w illustrations

Timber Press

Hardback | Sep 2011 | #192440 | ISBN-13: 9781604692945
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £10.99 $13/€12 approx

About this book

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. 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 back garden.

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