The Lives of Ants

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26/02/2009
Pages
272
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Présentation

With numerous black-and-white images and eight pages of color plates, The Lives of Ants provides a state-of-the-art look at what we now know about these fascinating creatures, portraying a world that is rich and full of surprises, and still full of unsolved mysteries. The authors illuminate the world of the ant, shedding light on such topics as the ant's impressive abilities in direction finding and quite amazing ingenuity when it comes to building their nests, finding supplies, or exploiting other members of the animal kingdom. They show, too, that they are capable of aggression and violence, which can embroil entire colonies in fratricidal or matricidal war. Readers also discover that ants are walking bundles of secretory glands (they have about forty of them), which enable them to emit from ten to twenty different pheromones, each of which has its own "meaning." In addition, ants can emit sound signals, made of a high-pitched squeak, and they can even dance, though not as intricately or as well as bees.

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Sommaire

  • Introduction
  • An ecological success story
    • 1. Anywhere and everywhere
    • 2. On tastes and colours
    • 3. The secrets of success
    • 4. A huge impact on the environment
    • 5. A long long story
  • Social life
    • 6. The birth of the colony
    • 7. Division of labour
    • 8. Let slip the ants of war
    • 9. Flexible work arrangements
    • 10. Communication systems
    • 11. Family models
    • 12. Parasites and slave-makers
  • Nowt so rum as ants !
    • 13. Army ants
    • 14. We work at the weaver's trade
    • 15. Navigators who never lose their way
    • 16. Honeypots
  • Advantageous liaisons
    • 17. Colonies and their livestock
    • 18. Ant trees
    • 19. Attines and mushrooms getting on famously
  • Bloody pests !
    • 20. Stand by for invaders!
    • 21. Supercolonies
  • Kith and kin
    • 22. Genetic altruism and sociality
    • 23. Family feuds
    • 24. Nepotism or not?
    • 25. Caste struggles
    • 26. Anything goes
  • Sociogenetics
    • 27. Genes and family structure
    • 28. The genomics of behaviour
    • 29. So what's so special about the genome of fire ants?
  • High-tech ants
    • 30. Computer modelling behaviour
    • 31. Of ants and IT men
    • 32. Swarm robotics
  • Conclusion
  • Further reading

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