Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them
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. InBugged, journalist David MacNeal takes us on an off-beat scientific journey that weaves together history,... show more
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. InBugged, 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.
Publish date: 2017-07-04
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
I really enjoyed this one. It delivers exactly what it say on the wrapper: talking about insects and the people who love them. This approach has gone wrong for me in the past (Forensics by Val McDermid), but MacNeal got it right – I never felt like there was an imbalance between the people and the...
TITLE: Bugged: The Insects Who Ruled the World and the People Obsessed with Them AUTHOR: David MacNeal DATE PUBLISHED: 2017 FORMAT: E-book ISBN-13: 9781250095510 _______________________________ I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of the information was interesting and infor...