Wicked Bugs: Amy Stewart

Across the country, this has been a bad year for mosquitos, black flies and insects of all kinds. But it's nothing compared to what Amy Stewart documents in her new book, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects. We talk to Amy Stewart about the most potent and feared insects the world has ever seen. 



Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

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Wicked Bugs: Amy Stewart

If you have been out camping, cottaging, or spending any time in your backyard this summer, you may have noticed a lot more buzzing and biting than usual. The black flies in Northern Ontario were especially bad this year. And the prairies are being over-run by swarms of blood-sucking mosquitoes. Edmonton has more mosquitos than any time in the last 10 years.

And officials across Alberta are on higher alert for West Nile Virus. Both the Black Fly and the mosquito make cameo appearances in Amy Stewart's new book, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects. Amy Stewart was in Eureka, California.

And knowing we were going to speak to her today, we asked you for some of your own wicked bug stories. Well, keep 'em coming.

We've already received some doozies. But Delia Downing of Rossland, BC, just might have the creepiest creepy-crawly story yet. We shared her letter.

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