Tales from the Ant World, Edward O. Wilson
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Tales from the Ant World

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Narrator: Jonathan Hogan

Unabridged: 5 hr 24 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 08/25/2020

Genre: Science - Philosophy & Social Aspects

Synopsis

Edward O. Wilson recalls his lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony, writes E.O. Wilson, one of the worlds most beloved scientists, their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg. In Tales from the Ant World, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson takes us on a myrmecological tour to such far-flung destinations as Mozambique and New Guinea, the Gulf of Mexicos Dauphin Island and even his parents overgrown backyard, thrillingly relating his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with over 15,000 ant species. Animating his scientific observations with illuminating personal stories, Wilson hones in on twenty-five ant species to explain how these genetically superior creatures talk, smell, and taste, and more significantly, how they fight to determine who is dominant. Wryly observing that males are little more than flying sperm missiles or that ants send their little old ladies into battle, Wilson eloquently relays his brushes with fire, army, and leafcutter ants, as well as more exotic species. Among them are the very rare Matabele, Africas fiercest warrior ants, whose female hunters can carry up to fifteen termites in their jaw (and, as Wilson reports from personal experience, have an incredibly painful stinger); Costa Ricas Basiceros, the slowest of all ants; and New Caledonias Bull Ants, the most endangered of them all, which Wilson discovered in 2011 after over twenty years of presumed extinction.

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