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
- Publication Date: 26/10/2010
- Category: Insects (entomology)
- ISBN: 9780393338683