peteg's blog - noise - books - 2011 03 20 HolldoblerWilson TheLeafCutterAnts

B. Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson: The Leafcutter Ants: Civilisation by instinct

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I found it strange that they released this small photograph-laden coffee-table book as a follow-up to their encyclopedic Superorganism text of last year. It turns out this is an expanded version of a chapter of that book. What makes it weird is the composite of explanantions for non-experts, the photographs and the occasional burst of specialised biological information, such as species of bacteria and the finer anatomy of fungus and insects.

It's a quick read and the photos are awesome. Here's a video profiling Hölldobler which includes footage of the concrete cast of the massive leaf cutter nest in South America.