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The Leafcutter Ants - by Bert Holldobler & Edward O Wilson (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 160

Genre: Nature

Sub-Genre: Animals

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Book theme: Insects & Spiders

Author: Bert Holldobler & Edward O Wilson

Language: English

Street Date: November 15, 2010
TCIN: 77475495
UPC: 9780393338683
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-7111


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.
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