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Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. . . . Their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg," writes Edward O. Wilson in his most finely observed work in decades. In a myrmecological tour to such far-flung destinations as Mozambique and New Guinea, the Gulf of Mexico's Dauphin Island and even his parents'overgrown yard back in Alabama, Wilson thrillingly evokes his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with more than 15,000 ant species. Wryly observing that "males are little more than flying sperm missiles" or that ants send their "little old ladies into battle," Wilson eloquently relays his brushes with fire, army, and leafcutter ants, as well as more exotic species: the Matabele, Africa's fiercest warrior ants; Costa Rica's Basiceros, the slowest ants in the world; and New Caledonia's Myrmecia apicalis, the most endangered of them all."--Provided by publisher.
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Hood River County Library 595.796 WIL 2020 (Text) 33892100702977 Adult New Books Book None 09/22/2020 Checked out 10/21/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781631495564
  • ISBN: 1631495569
  • Physical Description: 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Of Ants and Men: Morality and Triumph -- The Making of a Naturalist -- The Right Species -- Army Ants -- Fire Ants -- How Fire Ants Made Environmental History -- Ants Defeat the Conquistadors -- The Fiercest Ants in the World, and Why -- The Benevolent Matriarchy -- Ants Talk with Smell and Taste -- How We Broke the Pheromone Code -- Speaking Formic -- Ants Are Everywhere (Almost) -- Homeward Bound -- Adventures in Myrmecology -- The Fastest Ants in the World, and the Slowest -- Social Parasites Are Colony Engineers -- The Matabele, Warrior Ants of Africa -- War and Slavery Among the Ants -- The Walking Dead -- Tiny Cattle Ranchers of Africa -- Trapjaws versus Springtails -- Searching for the Rare -- An Endangered Species -- Leafcutters, the Ultimate Superorganisms -- Ants That Lived with the Dinosaurs.
Summary, etc.:
Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. . . . Their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg," writes Edward O. Wilson in his most finely observed work in decades. In a myrmecological tour to such far-flung destinations as Mozambique and New Guinea, the Gulf of Mexico's Dauphin Island and even his parents'overgrown yard back in Alabama, Wilson thrillingly evokes his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with more than 15,000 ant species. Wryly observing that "males are little more than flying sperm missiles" or that ants send their "little old ladies into battle," Wilson eloquently relays his brushes with fire, army, and leafcutter ants, as well as more exotic species: the Matabele, Africa's fiercest warrior ants; Costa Rica's Basiceros, the slowest ants in the world; and New Caledonia's Myrmecia apicalis, the most endangered of them all."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Ants.
Ants > Behavior.

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