Enlightening and alarming, Dark Banquet peers into a part of the natural world to which we are, through our blood, inextricably linked.


Dark banquet : blood and the curious lives of blood-feeding creatures    New York : Harmony, c 2008 Bill Schutt ; illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne Bloodsucking animals Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. 325 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-310) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

For centuries, blood feeders have inhabited our nightmares and horror stories, as well as the shadowy realms of scientific knowledge. In Dark Banquet, zoologist Bill Schutt takes us on a fascinating voyage into the world of some of nature’s strangest creatures–the sanguivores. Using a sharp eye and mordant wit, Schutt makes a remarkably persuasive case that blood feeders, from bats to bedbugs, are as deserving of our curiosity as warmer and fuzzier species are–and that many of them are even worthy of conservation.

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