Bloodsuckers. The most irritating creatures of all. by Paul Zborowski. Pub. New Holland, 2017.
There is something about bloodsuckers that inspires fear and horror in human beings and this splendid publication will not make it any easier for you but it will put you right on what they are and how they go about their work.
Starting with leeches that need blood to mate and after cutting into you can gorge themselves on your blood up to several times their own weight. They can be useful in medicine and are still used in plastic surgery. The one that lives up a hippopotamus’s bum is very interesting. After gorging itself the short sharp movements of the hippopotamus’s tail help remove it.
Mosquitoes, tics, bedbugs, tsetse flies, lice and others are also covered plus the sea creatures the lamprey and hagfish. The one everybody wants to know about is of course the vampire bat and when you know it can run along the ground shave your hair and drink without you knowing, your blood will really curdle.
Terrific photographs, computer generated diagrams and information bubbles on life cycle of these creatures makes this book an essential purchase for primary school libraries. Its a great start for research by secondary school students and there are online addresses at the back of the book for further research.
A very classy publication.