Jeffrey A. Lockwood


On his book Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War

Cover Interview of January 16, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The story of entomological warfare that has never been told.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Using insects as weapons against other humans is a military extension of what is seen as a virtuous scientific practice: biological control.”

On the second:

“Given our losing battle against West Nile virus, the greatest concern is its African cousin, Rift Valley fever.  This virus devastates livestock, and a strain capable of invading the human nervous system emerged in 1977.  Of 200,000 Egyptians who fell ill during a single outbreak, some 2,000 lost their eyesight and 598 died of encephalitis. Every region in the United States has a mosquito species capable of transmitting this disease.”