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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Bees, Ants & Wasps (Hymenoptera)

Ants The Ultimate Social Insects

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Series: British Wildlife Collection Volume: 11
By: Richard Jones(Author)
368 pages, 250 colour & b/w photos and b/w illustrations, colour tables
NHBS
Clear, concise and thoroughly entertaining, this is an extraordinary insight into all things ant.
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Ants are everywhere, though they are small, secretive, easily overlooked and usually misunderstood. But these seemingly puny insects have a superpower that makes them amongst the most important organisms on the planet – what they lack in size and individual strength, they more than make up for in sheer numbers and sophisticated, coordinated activity.

In this book, impassioned entomologist Richard Jones reveals the bizarre and sometimes poorly studied behaviours of ants. Their aggregation in large (often mind-bogglingly huge) nests is a complex mix of genetics, chemistry, geography and higher social interaction. Their forage trails, usually to aphid colonies but occasionally into the larder, are maintained by a wondrous alchemy of molecular scents and markers. Their social colony structure confused natural philosophers of old and still taxes the modern biologist today. And flying ant days regularly make national news as airborne swarms interfere with international tennis matches. Despite being tiny, ants are special because they and their complex colonies are amenable to scientific interrogation beyond that offered by most other insect groups.

Starting with a straightforward look at ant body structure, Jones then explores the ant species found in the British Isles and parts of nearby mainland Europe, their foraging, nesting, navigating and battle instincts, how ants interact with the landscape, their evolution, and their place in our understanding of how life on earth works.

Contents

Preface   6

1. What's so special about ants?   10
2. What is an ant?   30
3. The ants of Britain and Ireland   64
4. Evolution of ants   112
5. Being an everyday ant   128
6. The rise of the colony   174
7. Human interactions with ants   210
8. Ant interactions with other species   242
9. Ants in the landscape   276
10. How to study ants   298

Appendix: Identification key   328
Glossary   342
References   344
Illustration credits   356
Acknowledgements   358
Index   359

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Biography

Richard Jones is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, fellow of the Linnean Society, and past president of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He has been fascinated by wildlife since a childhood exploring the South Downs and Sussex Weald after plants and insects. He now writes about insects, nature and the environment for BBC Wildlife, Gardener's World, Countryfile, The Sunday Times, New Scientist and The Guardian and has regular TV and radio appearances on such programmes as Home Planet, Woman's Hour, Natural Histories, Open Country and Springwatch Unsprung. He is author of several books on science and wildlife including Nano Nature, Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests, House Pests, Call of Nature, and the Beetles volume in the New Naturalist series.

Identification Key Monograph New SPECIAL OFFER
Series: British Wildlife Collection Volume: 11
By: Richard Jones(Author)
368 pages, 250 colour & b/w photos and b/w illustrations, colour tables
NHBS
Clear, concise and thoroughly entertaining, this is an extraordinary insight into all things ant.
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