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‘Buzz, Sting, Bite’ Review: The Wild Lives of Insects

Buzz, Sting, Bite provides a deeper understanding of the world of insects and their importance to every day life. It reads as an entertaining guide to everything insect and as a love story to these often misunderstood creatures.

Every part of an insect is incredibly fascinating. Their bodies are a completely random selection of parts and features that seem straight out of science fiction. With such a long history of existence, every part of them has been honed by evolution for a specific purpose. What we get is a diverse planet of insects that seem to defy logic in their makeup.

Beyond anatomy, every aspect of an insect’s life is on display. We see their wild sex lives, built around knocking out the competition as efficiently as possible. We see their somewhat terrifying food chain, and we see their relationships with animals, humans, and the ecosystem. The author presents it all excitedly, eagerly bringing the reader in on the many cool aspects of these small creatures that surround us.

We like to think we’re high and mighty as a species, but the entirety of human history is a tiny blip on the insect timeline. It’s a fact I’ve never really thought about, but one that shows just how resilient these millions of species are. We may laugh at and mock them but we don’t even register in their history of the world.

In the end, Buzz, Sting, Bite is the kind of book you’ll be happy you read. There’s so much to know, and gain a deeper respect for insects and their strange history.

Buzz, Sting, Bite
By Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Simon & Schuster

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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