” . . . If you are planning your next trip abroad, you might want to check out what bugs live there. If you travel to Argentina, for example, watch out for assassin bugs. They bite you in the night, use your skin for a latrine and spread a disease called chagas to many of their hosts. Chagas can be fatal after some very uncomfortable symptoms run their course. (Some scholars think Darwin suffered from it.) There are horrible hornets in Hong Kong and death-stalker scorpions in Iraq. And all these bugs mentioned so far are just the ones that live outside your body.
It is estimated there are 200 million insects for each person alive on the planet, and Amy Stewart categorizes them for us in helpful sections, from destructive to deadly. As she says in her introduction, ‘Warning—we are seriously outnumbered.’ You can run, but you can’t hide . . .” —Susan Richmond, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima (excerpted from her review in the Yakima Herald).