The Life of the Ant

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The Minerva Group, Inc., 2001 - Science - 282 pages
A unique and really detailed work on ants and their contribution to nature - chapters include warfare, pastoral ants, the mushroom growers, the secrets of the formicary, the nest, communication and orientation, agricultural ants, and more. Here are the essential features of the life of the ants, a life incontestably superior to that of the bees, which is precarious in the extreme,In his unique studies of the social insects: the bee, the termite (or white ant) and the ant, Maurice Maeterlinck conveys not only accurate pictures of his subjects, but a rather remarkable development of his own philosophy.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
GENERAL IDEAS
21
THE SECRET OF THE FORMICARY
45
THE FOUNDING OF THE COMMUNITY
63
THE NEST
83
WARFARE
103
COMMUNICATION AND ORIENTATION
137
PASTORAL ANTS
167
THE MUSHROOMGROWERS
179
AGRICULTURAL ANTS
197
PARASITES
229
EPILOGUE
251
BIBLIOGRAPHY
273
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