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

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart

5/7 stars

If you like learning about bugs and all the horrid things that can happen this is a great book. I do happen to enjoy this type of thing and so enjoyed it immensely.

Ms. Stewart discusses a wide variety of different bugs, from bloodsucking bedbugs to the voracious Colorado potato beetle. Poison, disease, and crop devastation are all covered, so there’s something for everyone in this little book! Among other things, I learned that there is a species of centipede living in California which can get up to eight inches in length, thus destroying any inclination I had to visit the state. I know from experience that I am fine with bugs up to three inches. After that, all bets are off.

There is a lot of historical context included with many of the descriptions (as evidenced in the title). Additionally, Stewart includes many references from literature. I love both history and literature so this gave the book more depth than I was expecting.

I had a lot of fun reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in entomology.

Many thanks to @thegynomite for recommending this book on  her podcast #TheIndoorKids

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