The Leafcutter Ants

The Leafcutter Ants

Civilization by Instinct

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Presents an introduction to the leafcutter ant species, describing the orderly, methodical, and instinctual insect society that dominates forests and grasslands from Louisiana to Patagonia.

Norton Pub
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants 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 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.

Book News
Hölldobler (Arizona State U.) and Wilson (Harvard U.) are the co-authors of the Pulitzer prize-winning The ants and the equally acclaimed The superorganism. This utterly enthralling book, filled with color photos, presents an expanded discussion of one of protagonists from these works, written for the general reader. A glossary of terms is provided. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This detailed description of the leafcutter ant species provides a tour of one of the Earth's most evolved animal societies, describing the orderly, methodical and instinctual civilization that dominates forests and grasslands from Louisiana to Patagonia. Original.

Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393338683
Branch Call Number: 595.796 H7199l 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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