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Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 3rd 2017)
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Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Cute vignettes about how we interact with arthropods. My favorite was the scientist breeding spiders. She checked in the enclosure where there were once two spiders ( one male and one female.) There was only a gravid female remaining. "You ate your boyfriend, didn't you?" the scientist remarked.
Cynthia Egbert
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I do love bugs and this one was full of intriguing facts, stories, and ideas. I have a high creep tolerance and there were a couple of things that caused a chill up my spine. I loved it! And I learned a great deal and I am even more enamored of insects.

Here are a few interesting facts and thoughts:

"In terms of systematics, Aristotle is largely considered the first to view entomology as a distinct science by separating what he called 'bloodless animals' from the rest."

"Countries that took part
Genetic Cuckoo
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

If I am honest at first I really did not like this book. I did not like the way the story jumped around from different anecdotes with no real flow. One minute he is talking about crickets, the next it is a completely different topic, with no idea how he got there. It felt like the first section was a bunch of random facts about insects thrown together.

The later chapters are much better, although the
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of the information was interesting and informative (if superficial), some less so. However, the writing style was overly chatty and erratic, with various anecdotes jumping around all over the place and no real flow to the book. It reminded me a lot of a Mary Roach book, with the forced humour, over chattiness, disjointed subject matter and too much interview details in comparison with actual information. This is especially problematic with the first 3 ...more
Juliet Wilson
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, science
Subititled The Insects that Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them, Bugged is a fascinating look at the world of entomology(the study of insects). It outlines the history of the human relationship with insects, going back to the first cave painting of an insect. The book then looks in more detail at topics such as pest control, epidemics of diseases carried by insects, social insects, insect sex and insects as food with a whole chapter devoted to the history of the human relationship ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
You know that kid in school who desperately wants to be well-liked, and loads up with facts, and ends up irritating the shit out of everyone?

MacNeal must have attempted a stylistically complex aesthetic oeuver. His haphazard writing puts me in mind of the mindless, meaningless buzzing his titular subjects give off. His footnotes embody the reading equivalent of that irritating Mosquito you want to ignore, but just bloody can't, cos it keeps appearing in the most inconvenient and
Ashley Kennedy
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! If you enjoyed Marlene Zuk's "Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World", this is right up your alley. It's similar in that each chapter explores a fascinating topic or sub-discipline in entomology (e.g., medical entomology, forensic entomology, the insect pet trade, sericulture/silk production, entomophagy, apiculture-- just to name a few), but for whatever reason I enjoyed this one even more. I'm an entomologist, but as usual (given how vast this ...more
Catherine Hulshof
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book strikes a balance between personal travel memoir and popular science book. The science was much more intriguing than the anecdotal stories of the writers travels across the world seeking the history, study, and application of insects, though as a scientist I lean facts over travel diary. It's possible to skim over the anecdotes of the author's Bill "F8ing" Murray pet cockroach and gleam a few interesting ideas from the book (like details about the Japanese history of insect ...more
While I can't say I hated this book, I had a hard time with it and expected better. However, the things that didn't appeal to me personally, I imagine would very much appeal to another reader. I thought it would be easier to list them:

1.) This really did focus a lot more on the people who interact with bugs.
2.) It had miles of footnotes.
3.) It had a similar style to a Mary Roach book.

A different reader might very much enjoy this book.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing style was slightly meandering, but it was interesting and included a fair dose of humor too. I enjoyed the historical references from an insect perspective, and the amazing things that scientists and hobbyists have learned from studying and observing insects.
Terralyn Brown Barfield
I like bugs. I liked this book. What would have sent it to the top of the charts would be high resolution photos of all the bugs cited as they are cited. Quite informative and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the section on bug-love in Japan.
Mike Clay
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent science writing about our insect world.
Linda Gaines
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Wonderful, well written book about how insects (and arachnids) affect society and the planet.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very fun, broad topic that is extremely accessible to all readers. Really good!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
This was an interesting book with a wide range of topics relating to insects. Everything from eating bugs to apiculture. I enjoyed it.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informate and fun to read but please find a way to incorporate the footnotes into the text, continuity was disrupted by constantly checking footnotes.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a fun and informative read for anyone who's remotely interested in the insects with which we share the planet and the uses we have from for them
Jack Laschenski
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For every one of us there are 1.4 billion insects!

Bugs rule the world, all the while being underfoot and whizzing around.

Mark Smith
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finished early. It was a good book but a bit too technical for me.
Laura Valentine
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ewww bugs. Interesting people, however.
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Ellie Nonemacher
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Sep 07, 2017
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Leslie King
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I am hopeful that David MacNeal will write more books. Insects are fascinating, but his humor (which reminded me often of my uncles) and storytelling encouraged me nonstop reading.

It left me sad to finish. A hallmark of any good book.
Belinda Jonak
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Nov 06, 2019
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