A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 12, 1976

That menacing wasp on the cover and the other pesky bugs pictured and written about in this week's cover story have bewitched, bothered or bitten Senior Editor Leon Jaroff, who edited the story, for quite some time. "My most bitter bug experience was in 1956," recalls Jaroff. "On assignment in Labrador for LIFE magazine I had to go through dense bush to get to Grand Falls. It was the height of the blackfly season, and I returned with 500 bites on my body. For 20 years, I've waited to get even."

But, as the...

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