The Leafcutter Ants

The Leafcutter Ants

Civilization by Instinct

Book - 2011
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The Leafcutter Ants is the most detailed and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a text suitable for both a lay and a scientific audience, the book provides an unforgettable tour of Earth's most evolved animal societies. Each colony of leafcutters contains as many as five million workers, all the daughters of a single queen that can live over a decade. A gigantic nest can stretch thirty feet across, rise five feet or more above the ground, and consist of hundreds of chambers that reach twenty-five feet below the ground surface. Indeed, the leafcutters have parlayed their instinctive civilization into a virtual domination of forest, grassland, and cropland--from Louisiana to Patagonia. Inspired by a section of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this brilliantly illustrated work provides the ultimate explanation of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393338683
Branch Call Number: 595.796 H719L 2011
Characteristics: xii, 160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Edward O.


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Nov 23, 2017

This is an awesome little book: many high quality pictures (not dramatic pictures, but ones that illumine what is written in the text) and diagrams, the text itself is rather brief and terse but it explains everything in a clear, concise and orderly manner.

Jun 19, 2014

A technical and concise look at the Leafcutter Ants. Well illustrated and well written. This book is worth reading for anyone interested.


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