Why Do Insects Bug Us?

22:28 minutes

Insects can cause humans both fear and fascination. Jeffrey Lockwood, entomologist and author of The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Love, and Loathe Insects, dissects his own battle with entomophobia and the evolutionary and cultural reasons for our complicated relationship with insects.

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Jeffrey Lockwood

Jeffrey Lockwood is author of The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects (Oxford University Press, 2013) and a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Creative Writing Program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Read an excerpt from The Infested Mind.

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Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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