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Bugs that changed human history

That’s a very famous story about Darwin. He was a bug collector and he was crazy about beetles, as a lot of young men of his ilk were at that time. He had one in each hand, and then he found a third one that he really wanted. He had nowhere to put it so he stuck it in his mouth for safekeeping (laughs) and then discovered that it sprays this nasty fluid whenever its confined, so he had to spit it out.

Amy Stewart

Popular Magazine conducted a fascinating interview with Amy Stewart about her recent book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.

Definitely worth a read.

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