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Adventures among Ants


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Travels with My Ants
A Brief Primer on Ants

Marauder Ant, the Ultimate Omnivore
1. Strength in Numbers
2. The Perfect Swarm
3. Division of Labor
4. Infrastructure
5. Group Transport

African Army Ant, Raiders on the Swarm
6. Big Game Hunters
7. Clash of the Titans
8. Notes from Underground

Weaver Ant, Empress of the Air
9. Canopy Empires
10. Fortified Forests
11. Negotiating the Physical World

Amazon Ant, the Slavemaker
12. Slaves of Sagehen Creek
13. Abduction in the Afternoon

Leafcutter Ant, the Constant Gardener
14. A Fungus Farmer's Life
15. The Origins of Agriculture

Argentine Ant, the Global Invader
16. Armies of the Earth
17. The Immortal Society

Conclusion: Four Ways of Looking at an Ant

Acknowledgments and a Note on Content



About the Author

Mark W. Moffett, Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, is the author of The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy and Face to Face with Frogs. Moffett has received the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Award, the Distinguished Explorer Award from the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, Yale University's Poynter Fellowship for Journalism, Harvard's Bowdoin Prize for writing, and many international photography awards.


"Packed with graphic enthusiasm...[and] provocative thoughts... [Moffett] writes with an entertainer's instinct for hooking a restless audience." New York Times "[Adventures among Ants] is hefty, yet aerodynamic. It's really good for killing ants." The Colbert Report "Take a look at daring eco-adventurer Mark Moffett's spectacular new ant book." - Margaret Atwood -- Margaret Atwood New York Review Of Books "Superb book by a first-class writer with an unsurpassed feel for ants." Library Journal "Adventures Among Ants may reach a broader audience than other recent publications and therefore stimulate interest in ants among a new generation." -- Philip Newey Bioscience "Serfdom, war and dying for the tribe: It reads like a page out of a Russian novel. In fact, we're talking about ant life." Los Angeles Times "The book itself is a fine specimen ... [Moffett's] expertise with the camera must match his expertise on ant biology." National Wildlife "Moffett's ants are always sleek, polished and doing something spectacular." Nature "Adventure Among Ants offers exotic tales of places you will probably never go, and glimpses of beautiful ants performing marvelous feats." -- Deborah M. Gordon Nature "Many fascinating anecdotes." Washington Post

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