398 pages, 300+ colour photos, colour illustrations, 500+ b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps
A Field Guide to the Ants of New England is the first user-friendly regional guide devoted to ants – the "little things that run the world." Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 line drawings, 300-plus photographs, and regional distribution maps as composite illustrations for every species, A Field Guide to the Ants of New England will introduce amateur and professional naturalists and biologists, teachers and students, and environmental managers and pest-control professionals to more than 140 ant species found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
The detailed drawings and species descriptions, together with the high-magnification photographs, will allow anyone to identify and learn about ants and their diversity, ecology, life histories, and beauty. In addition, A Field Guide to the Ants of New England includes sections on collecting ants, ant ecology and evolution, natural history, and patterns of geographic distribution and diversity to help readers gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ants.
"This ground-breaking field guide not only contributes to our basic knowledge of ants, but places the ants of New England within reach of those interested in the natural history of the region."
- Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
"This goes beyond any ant book that has come before it and puts it in line with the popular and best bird books on the market [...] .readable and easy to use by non-experts."
- Sean Menke, Lake Forest College
" [...] a great combination of natural history, a little anecdote, and gorgeous inspired figures."
- Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma
" [...] [Will] appeal to [anyone] interested in insects or natural history in general, as well as those who are truly ant enthusiasts."
- Jane O'Donnell, University of Connecticut
"This [...] is phenomenal! [...] a fantastic job [and] will be very usable for all students. [...] I love the natural history and details about all the ants – especially the names! The matrix keys are GREAT and really helpful."
- Katherine Bennett, 5th grade teacher
"The book is wonderful. I never have seen a book with so much information together about biology, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, keys to species and pictures. All myrmecologists will want a copy."
- Rogério R. Silva, Museu de Zoologia/USP/Entomologia São Paulo
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Aaron M. Ellison is senior research fellow in ecology at Harvard University's Harvard Forest and adjunct research professor of biology and environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts.Nicholas J. Gotelli is professor of biology at the University of Vermont. Elizabeth J. Farnsworth is senior research ecologist at New England Wild Flower Society. Gary D. Alpert is an environmental biologist on the staff of the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Harvard University.