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The Leafcutter Ants Civilization By Instinct

Author : Bert Hölldobler
ISBN : 9780393340877
Genre : Science
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants comes this dynamic and visually spectacular portrait of Earth's ultimate superorganism. 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.
Category: Science

Leaf Cutter Ants

Author : Jo Windsor
ISBN : 1869447484
Genre : Leaf-cutting ants
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A Rain Forest Food Chain

Author : Angelique D. Tarbox
ISBN : 1583416013
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Introduces some of the plants and animals of the rainforest food chain, including the cacao tree, the quetzal, leafcutter ant, poison dart frog, boa constrictor, king vulture, vampire bat, and jaguar.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Earth Dwellers

Author : Erich Hoyt
ISBN : 9780684830452
Genre : Nature
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Explores the world of ants in a Costa Rican nature reserve in a study that is told from the ant's perspective, and profiles such ants as the leafcutter scout and swarm-raider male
Category: Nature

Ant

Author : John Woodward
ISBN : 9781438132976
Genre : Ants
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In spite of their miniature size, ants are known for their hardworking nature. These tiny creatures are able to dig massive tunnel systems and lift objects more than 10 times their body weight. Ant brings readers closer to the resourceful insects that are so prevalent in gardens around the world.
Category: Ants

Demons In Eden

Author : Jonathan Silvertown
ISBN : 9780226757773
Genre : Science
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At the heart of evolution lies a bewildering paradox. Natural selection favors above all the individual that leaves the most offspring—a superorganism of sorts that Jonathan Silvertown here calls the "Darwinian demon." But if such a demon existed, this highly successful organism would populate the entire world with its own kind, beating out other species and eventually extinguishing biodiversity as we know it. Why then, if evolution favors this demon, is the world filled with so many different life forms? What keeps this Darwinian demon in check? If humankind is now the greatest threat to biodiversity on the planet, have we become the Darwinian demon? Demons in Eden considers these questions using the latest scientific discoveries from the plant world. Readers join Silvertown as he explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in regions as spectacular as the verdant climes of Japan, the lush grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the shallow wetlands and teeming freshwaters of Florida, the tropical rainforests of southeast Mexico, and the Canary Islands archipelago, whose evolutionary novelties—and exotic plant life—have earned it the sobriquet "the Galapagos of botany." Along the way, Silvertown looks closely at the evolution of plant diversity in these locales and explains why such variety persists in light of ecological patterns and evolutionary processes. In novel and useful ways, he also investigates the current state of plant diversity on the planet to show the ever-challenging threats posed by invasive species and humans. Bringing the secret life of plants into more colorful and vivid focus than ever before, Demons in Eden is an empathic and impassioned exploration of modern plant ecology that unlocks evolutionary mysteries of the natural world.
Category: Science

Bug Builders

Author : Timothy J. Bradley
ISBN : 1433348217
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes the structures a variety of insects, includinog spiders, beetles, bees, and ants, build for themselves.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Secret Lives Of Ants

Author : Jae Choe
ISBN : 9781421405216
Genre : Science
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In the words of the author, "Once you get to know them, you’ll love them."
Category: Science