The Leafcutter Ants : Civilization by Instinct, Paperback / softback Book

The Leafcutter Ants : Civilization by Instinct Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 192 pages, Four-color throughout, 56 photographs
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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  • Category: Insects (entomology)
  • ISBN: 9780393338683



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