Adventures Among Ants

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett
University of California Press, Hardcover, 9780520261990, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 2010

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Description
Intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer Mark W. Moffett, the Indiana Jones of entomology, takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo. Moffett's spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely humanincluding hygiene, recycling, and warfare. "Adventures among Ants" introduces some of the world's most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new perspective on the limits of our own perception.
Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity
Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics
Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food.



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.



NPR
Thursday, Jun 17, 2010

Entomologist Mark Moffett loves ants. He's devoted his career to studying the tiny insects: how they move, what they eat, when they attack their prey. Moffett's new book, Adventures Among Ants, details his explorations around the world, tracking many a species through jungle forests and remote mountain passes. More at NPR.org

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