THE LEAFCUTTER ANTS
Civilization by Instinct
by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
2010, 192 pages, color photos, b/w drawings. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants (Cat. #9081) comes this dynamic and visually spectacular portrait of Earth’s ultimate superorganism.
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 croplandfrom Louisiana to Patagonia. Inspired by a section of the authors’ acclaimed The Superorganism (Cat. #3436), this brilliantly illustrated work provides the ultimate explanation of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved. Paperback; 6.2 x 8.3″.
About the Authors:
Bert Hölldobler is Foundation Professor at Arizona State University and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. He lives in Arizona and Germany.
Edward O. Wilson grew up in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where he spent his boyhood exploring the regions forests and swamps, collecting snakes, butterflies, and antsthe latter to become his lifelong specialty. Wilson, a professor at Harvard University, is the recipient of two Pulitzer prizes and the National Medal of Science. He is the author of more than twenty books, including his first novel, Anthill, in 2010, Cat.#3571.
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