Having suffered yet again another invasion of ants in my home I wanted to know more about these tiny creatures so bought this book. I have learnt so much about them from it, there's over 10,000 species of ant in the world, and in Britain there are around 50 different of species ant alone some of which use stings or squirt formic acid as a defense mechanism. Some more of the fascinating facts about ants from the book include that some ants tend and milk various aphids in order to extract the honey dew and at the height of the season in late May they will bring back to the nest around half a pound of aphid sugar (honeydew) a day which is astounding! The Workerless Ant (Anergates atraulus) no longer has workers of its own species but uses those of another species to do its work and the Queen Wood Ant can live up to 15 years old! The book of only 24 pages has good illustrations, plenty good clear concise colour photographs and is an extremely unusual fascinating read jammed full of facts and information. However there was nothing on ant mortuary practice in the book which is a shame as this is an aspect that I find fascinating having watched them collect their dead and carry them back to the nest.
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