Whether he’s writing about island biogeography, sociobiology, human nature or biodiversity, naturalist Edward O. Wilson tells a cracking true story. He’s a raconteur who compels us to stop for a moment and listen in rapt wonder to his captivating testimonies of forays into forests, in which he uncovers rotted logs or overturns mounds in search of the remarkable variety of species inside the ant global. With function ardour and humor, Wilson regales us with Tales From the Ant World, combining memoir and medical discovery right into a spellbinding narrative of his lifelong devotion to myrmecology, the observe of ants.
Most folks are familiar with the ants that track throughout our kitchen counters on warm spring days, however few people take some time to take into account those creatures’ lives. Wilson unveils the ant fauna, revealing the outstanding number of ants inside the global (greater than 15,000 species, and some have envisioned that the number is in the direction of 25,000 or 30,000), their social quirks (pouring out of their “hidden bivouac,” uncoiling like a rope and moving “tough and fast” from “one stronghold to the next”) and their ways of communicating (of all of the social insects that talk by pheromones, ants are the virtuosos of chemical communication).
Wilson’s absorbing and delightful book suggests how extraordinary (and populous!) this common creature definitely is. As he puts it, “If Homo sapiens had no longer arisen as an accidental primate species at the grasslands of Africa, and unfold worldwide, traffic from other celebrity systems, once they come (and mark my word, they will sooner or later come), need to be inclined to name Earth ‘planet of the ants.’ ” In his mesmerizing Tales From the Ant World, Wilson encourages readers to feed those ants for your kitchen and look at them. In doing so, you’ll discover a exceptional deal approximately the social international of insects and, perhaps, about yourselves.