Author(s): KLEINPASTE RUUD
A mixture of fun and facts about bugs, this text uncovers the secrets of the insect world, from the gory to the intimate, the creepy to the slimy, from the ones that live in out houses to the ones that live on us.
Vermin united - why invertebrates have a bad reputation; entomomyths - my first attempt at a story; the name of the game - nomenclature; suck it them - bloodsuckers; a lousy story - lice; jumping for joy - fleas; strange bedfellows - dust mites; designer insects - cockroaches; switched on - ants; kind lice of a different kind - booklice; slowly starving in the fridge - hibernation; so cosy in the winter - cluster flies; cover the compost - lesser houseflies; spots on the ceiling - facts about houseflies; fly, turkey fly! - blowflies; silver threads - pantrymoths; of mummies, dog biscuits and carpets - carpet beetles and their rellies; right up to the paint layer - termites; glorious isolation - quarantine; oh, Ariadne - spiders; reds under the bed and blacks out the back - redbacks and black widows; golden orb-webs - golden-orb-weaving spiders; black and yellow - bad news - wasps; slimy slithery do-gooders - worms; silent suckers with a Mexican wave - aphids; mysterious creeps - raiders of the night - bronze beetles and greasy cutworms; frothing in the rain - snails and slugs; woody wood vectors - Dutch elm disease; dainty little hoppers - passionvine hoppers and fluffybums; how to build your own monarch butterfly - metamorphosis; singing for your life - cicadas; a lawn full of cracks and a paddock full of noise - crickets; I quite fancy raptorial legs! - praying mantis; gods of ugly things - weta; what's cookin', babe - entomophagy; long may they live! - longevity.