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Ninety-nine Gnats, Nits, and Nibblers

Awards and Recognition:

Cited by LIBRARY JOURNAL as one of its "Best Sci-Tech Books" of 1989

All the buzz on ninety-nine of our creepiest, crawliest neighbors


"A funny, scholarly, richly informative expose of the lives of many of the diminutive creatures that share our homes and gardens. Highly recommended."--Horticulture

"An excellent introduction to insects that should also go far in mitigating the entomophobia of many uninformed people."--Choice

"An illuminating book that may turn the disgust with which many people greet these fascinating creatures to curiosity and admiration."--Library Journal

"To young amateur or mature entomologist alike, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book."--Journal of Natural History

"Never has a buggy smorgasbord been so inviting--and such fun to pitch into."--Quarterly Review of Biology

"Informative, interesting, humorous, and sparkling--this is the book to read if you want to learn about the world's most interesting animals (and, if you hate insects, it's the book that will change your mind."--Thomas Eisner, author of Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-Legged Creatures

"Here is a new and different kind of armchair guide to the lives of some of the more common insects that people may encounter and some that they won't. In an easy-to-read style it opens a window on a part of the invertebrate world about which most of us know little, but should know more."--Bayard Webster

"The wit and humor that characterize Berenbaum's work detract not one whit from the clarity and scientific accuracy of the vignettes. A book to delight readers of all ages."--Walter S. Sheppard, Washington State University


May R. Berenbaum is Swanlund Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A winner of the National Medal of Science in 2014, Berenbaum is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Her books include Ninety-Nine More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers and Honey, I'm Homemade: Sweet Treats from the Beehive across the Centuries and around the World.

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