"Hey, Bug Doctor! is a useful and fascinating exploration of insects. It gives us new appreciation of the six- and eight-legged creatures that share our southern heritage. Jim combines his scientific training with his southern upbringing to write an engaging look at the insects (and a few other buglike creatures) that surround us. He’s been chewed by chiggers and feasted on by fleas, but Jim brings a sense of enthusiasm to each bug that bites him. Insects, whether good, bad or beautiful, all intrigue him."
—Walter Reeves, host of Georgia Public Television's Gardening in Georgia
“An interesting read in short bits for gardeners and biologically inclined homeowners—and a useful reference for times when the bugs invade.”
"The information provided is thorough without becoming stridently academic, and the guide would be a welcome companion for an afternoon of bug watching. . . . Howell's friendly tone and subtle sense of humor make this book a pleasant cover-to-cover read."
—Timothy Revis, Northeast Georgia Living
That's what Hey, Bug Doctor! is all about: appreciating that the difference between a pesky and a helpful bug often comes down to how, when, and where you find it. Few of us realize that better than entomologist Jim Howell, who is known to readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution through his helpful, humorous columns on getting along with bugs. Gathered here are Howell's profiles of over sixty crawling and flying (and yes, biting and stinging) bugs commonly found in homes, gardens, and yards in Georgia and around the Southeast.
Each illustrated profile describes the bug's appearance, diet, behavior, and impact on the natural and built environments. Like Howell's widely read newspaper columns, the profiles offer unusual facts, popular myths, and stories of real-life encounters. A single square yard of your lawn or garden can contain hundreds, even thousands, of bugs. Here is proven, practical guidance on those beautiful, ugly, harmless, toxic, and ultimately amazing creatures with which you share your home and yard.
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