Bugged

Bugged

The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed With Them

Book - 2017
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"Creepy, beautiful, icky and amazing." --Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon's Button

Insects have been shaping our ecological world and plant life for over 400 million years. In fact, our world is essentially run by bugs--there are 1.4 billion for every human on the planet. In Bugged, journalist David MacNeal takes us on an off-beat scientific journey that weaves together history, travel, and culture in order to define our relationship with these mini-monsters.

MacNeal introduces a cast of bug-lovers--from a woman facilitating tarantula sex and an exterminator nursing bedbugs (on his own blood), to a kingpin of the black market insect trade and a "maggotologist"--who obsess over the crucial role insects play in our everyday lives.

Just like bugs, this book is global in its scope, diversity, and intrigue. Hands-on with pet beetles in Japan, releasing lab-raised mosquitoes in Brazil, beekeeping on a Greek island, or using urine and antlers as means of ancient pest control, MacNeal's quest appeals to the squeamish and brave alike. Demonstrating insects' amazingly complex mechanics, he strings together varied interactions we humans have with them, like extermination, epidemics, and biomimicry. And, when the journey comes to an end, MacNeal examines their commercial role in our world in an effort to help us ultimately cherish (and maybe even eat) bugs.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250095503
1250095506
Branch Call Number: 595.7 MACN
Characteristics: x, 308 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Kennedy, Michael (Illustrator)

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JessicaGma Jan 30, 2018

A really interesting books about bugs in all aspects. You learn about ant colonies and how they are organised, bees and their hives, why beetles are popular in Japan as pets, how to eat bugs, and other topics. It's quite fun to read, so it's perfect for your armchair scientist.

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