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Fall/Winter 2010 (November 8, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions


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November 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of TrillionsBy Mark W. Moffett’79

University of California Press

Berkeley, Calif., 2010

In his latest book, Mark W. Moffett takes readers on an adventure through the world of ants. An elegant writer as well as a naturalist, adventurer, and photographer, Moffett describes his findings with an infectious passion, balancing anecdotes with facts. Adventures Among Ants also features artistic and richly detailed photographs.

Although it is chock full of entomological information, this book is not solely for bug-lovers. Moffett explores the striking parallels between the social organization of ants and humans, considering how both ants and people address issues like infrastructure, war, resource exploitation, and more.

Whether or not readers think they are interested in ants, they will be fascinated by the tiny metropolises and synchronized swarms of “Earth’s most ubiquitous creatures” described and illustrated in this book.

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