Empire of Ants: The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary Lives of Earth?s Tiny Conquerors (Hardcover)

Empire of Ants: The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary Lives of Earth?s Tiny Conquerors By Susanne Foitzik, Olaf Fritsche, Ayça Türkoglu Cover Image
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About the Author

Susanne Foitzik is an evolutionary biologist, behavioral scientist, and international authority on ants. After completing her PhD in ant evolution and behavior and conducting postdoctoral work in the US, she became a professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She now holds a chair at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where she studies the behaviors of slaveholding ants and different work roles in insect colonies. Her findings have been published in more than 100 scientific papers.
Olaf Fritsche is a science journalist and biophysicist with a PhD in biology. He was previously an editor at the German-language edition of Scientific American, is the author and coauthor of many books, and has been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. He lives in Germany.

Praise For…

A Main Selection of the Library Science Book Club

Shortlisted for the 2022 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize

"Beautifully illustrated with color photographs, the book offers a view into parallels between seemingly out-of-this-world ant societies and our own, including cities, an intense work ethic, division of labor, intragroup cooperation combined with genocidal outgroup warfare, even a kind of to-the-death national loyalty. The authors’ scientific rigor is matched by their joy in their subjects.

— The Wall Street Journal

Empire of Ants will give you a newfound appreciation for the pint-size civilizations thriving right in your backyard.

— Discover Magazine

Highly informative, beautifully illustrated, and easy-to-read . . . [this] new book explains all you ever wanted to know about these tiny conquerors.
— Psychology Today

Empire of Ants adopts a playful tone, cycling through factoids about the more than 16,000 ant species on Earth with evident glee.

— Smithsonian

Are we the sole rulers of this world? This wonderful book brings our tiny co-rulers alive via an engaging description of ants’ cities, hard work, warfare, royalty, diversity, and ecological impact. These insects may be quite different from us, but their societies are eerily similar.
— Frans de Waal, author of Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

If you ever wanted to travel to an exotic planet filled with strange life forms—you’ve arrived. Every page of Empire of Ants brims with astonishing stories and facts that could never have been invented by a human mind. Ants live with us in an almost parallel universe of small-scale powers that exert major influence on how living things conduct their lives on Earth. The range of sizes, abilities, societies, quirks, and ecological roles that ants have evolved is mind-boggling. And so is this absolutely amazing, beautifully written book.

— Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace and Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Thrilling, compellingly readable, and paradigm-shattering. A gateway to a strange but strangely familiar society—a complex international community, ruled by stern, exotic, resonant, and repercussive stories.
— Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide

Empire of Ants provides a great overview of ant life cycles, communication, and colony formation, sprinkled through with really fascinating depictions of some of the weirder species . . . If bugs are your thing (and yes, I know that ants are not technically bugs), it’s worth checking out.

— ArsTechnica

Filled with stories of [the authors’] discoveries, travels, and the problems scientists face when studying such tiny creatures, the book is also filled with colorful photographs of these cute but fierce insects.
— Treehugger

Both expert and entertaining, Empire of the Ants will leave you in no doubt that these wonderfully strange little animals are among the most impressive of all our fellow creatures.

— David Barrie, author of Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way

This is a charming tribute to the ‘little creatures that run the world.’ A very personal selection of the many wonders discovered in the world of ants that introduces readers to their fascinating lives.
— Bert Hölldobler, University Professor and Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, behavioral biologist, and coauthor of The Superorganism and Pulitzer Prize–w

Susanne Foitzik and Olaf Fritsche have you enter a whole new universe worthy of a science fiction novel, yet it exists right at your feet.
— Mark W. Moffett, author of The Human Swarm and Adventures Among Ants

This highly entertaining book makes it clear that Mother Nature has been having a wildly fun time molding these social insects into an abundance of behavioral and physical expression.
— Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows and Super Fly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615197125
ISBN-10: 1615197125
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English