The Leafcutter Ants is the most detailed and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a text suitable
for both a lay and a scientific audience, the book provides an unforgettable tour of Earth's most evolved animal societies.
Each colony of leafcutters contains as many as five million workers, all the daughters of a single queen that can live over
a decade. A gigantic nest can stretch thirty feet across, rise five feet or more above the ground, and consist of hundreds
of chambers that reach twenty-five feet below the ground surface. Indeed, the leafcutters have parlayed their instinctive
civilization into a virtual domination of forest, grassland, and cropland-from Louisiana to Patagonia. Inspired by a section
of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this brilliantly illustrated work provides the ultimate explanation of what a
social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved.