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Empire of Ants

Susanne Foitzik Fritsche

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Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders

The hidden world and extraordinary lives of earth's tiny conquerors

Did you know that ants cultivate fungi gardens? Or raise aphids as working livestock? Or make vaccines to avoid disease?

Fascinating yet commonplace animals, ants have astonishing similarities to humans. They have developed forms of communication, social organisation and ways of dividing labour. They establish gardens, keep stores, move from one abode to another, wage wars and turn other ants into slaves. Ants are one of the most astoundingly complex of all insects, and they have an astonishingly long history: ants existed at the same time as the dinosaurs. The lengthy tale of their evolution gives a sense of scale to humans' own empire building and destroying.

In this groundbreaking book, evolutionary biologist Susanne Foitzik and biophysicist Olaf Fritsche tell us everything we need to know about ants, offering deep insights into their social forms and explaining their evolutionary development. You will never see ants the same way again.

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