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Author Hölldobler, Bert, 1936-

Title The leafcutter ants : civilization by instinct / Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson

Publ Info New York : Norton, [2011]
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  QL568.F7 H577 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  QL568.F7 H577 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-154) and index
Contents The ultimate superorganisms -- The attine breakthrough -- The ascent of the leafcutters -- Life cycle of the leafcutter ants -- The Atta caste system -- Harvesting vegetation -- Communication in Atta -- The ant-fungus mutualism -- Hygiene in the symbiosis -- Waste management -- Agropredators and agroparasites -- Leafcutter nests -- Trails and trunk routes
Note "The Leafcutter Ants provides a 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 croplandfrom Louisiana to Patagonia. Inspired by a section of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this illustrated work provides the explanation of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Leaf-cutting ants
Add Author Wilson, Edward O
ISBN 9780393338683 (pbk.)
0393338681 (pbk.)