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
0393338681
Characteristics: xii, 160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Edward O.
Alternative Title: Leaf-cutter ants

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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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