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4 Wicked Bugs: Mosquitoes, Chigger Mites and More

Whether you consider bugs friends or foes, you’ll love this excerpt from “Wicked Bugs” that explores the world of diabolical insects.



In “Wicked Bugs,” Amy Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes — creatures that infest, infect and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. Beautiful etchings and drawings accompany stories of history, science, murder and intrigue that begin in your own backyard.
Photo courtesy Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (c) 2011
The bed bug travels at night, lurking in low light, feeling its way toward warmth and the tantalizing odor of carbon dioxide.
Illustration by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
A severe brown recluse bite manifests itself as a nasty, swollen skin ulcer with dead tissue in the center.
Illustration by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
Once the chigger has enjoyed its one and only blood meal, it matures into an adult mite and feeds only on plants for the rest of its life.
Illustration by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
In northern Canada, when mosquito populations are high, people can get bitten as many as 280 to 300 times per minute.
Illustration by Briony Morrow-Cribbs

















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