an illustration of ants in their habitat

Planet of the Ants: The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary Lives of Earth's Tiny Conquerors

by Susanne Foitzik Author and Olaf Fritsche Author

In this fascinating book, authors Susanne Foitzik and Olaf Fritsche take you deep into the strange and unfamiliar lives of one of the most ubiquitous yet unremarked upon species: the ant. With dozens upon dozens of different species all over the world, and a myriad of different ways for them to live, there is remarkable diversity within the ant world, even as they all share one thing in common. They are a force to be reckoned with. Moving as an army might, they coordinate their behavior and achieve incredible things by working together. Much as humans do, they grow crops, raise livestock, tend to the sick, and even produce 'vaccines.' They also fight, destroy, savagely consume resources, and enslave other species, unfortunately, much as humans do. Follow the authors on a journey through a world both akin to our own and utterly foreign to it as they reveal the hidden lives of ants.