Are you interested in learning more about ants? Why not start with some great books?
Fisher, B. L. and S. P. Cover. (2007). Ants of North America: A Guide to the Genera. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Keys to the genera of ants found in North America with line drawings to help clarify the defining characteristics.
Hansen, L. D., and J. H. Klotz. (2005). Carpenter ants of the United States and Canada. Ithaca, NY: Comstock Publishing Associates.
Laurel Hansen and John Klotz review the biology of carpenter ants (Genus Camponotus), in a book dedicated to Professor Roger Akre.
Holldobler, B. and E.O. Wilson. (1990). The ants. Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Who would have thought a book about ants would win a Pulitzer Prize? This book has towered over all that came after it.
Holldobler, B. and E.O. Wilson. (1994). Journey to the ants: A story of scientific exploration. Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
A briefer version of their previous book written more for the general audience.
Holldobler, B. and E.O. Wilson. (2009). The superorganism. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
Have you read this book yet? It contains a lot of natural history information about ants, as well as other social insects, no matter what you think about their thesis.
Hoyt, E. (1996). The earth dwellers: Adventures in the land of ants. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Go with the author on a field trip of the lifetime with ant specialists Bill Brown (William Brown, Jr. ) and E.O. Wilson.
Tschinkel, W.R. (2006) The Fire Ants. Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Walter Tschinkel shares his passion and lifetime of research on the study of fire ants.
Has anyone read The Lives of Ants by Laurent Keller and Elisabeth Gordon yet? I’d love to hear what you think.
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2 Replies to “Books About Ants”
Nice list. I would also add Deborah Gordon’s Ants at Work, for those who are interested in how an insect society is organised.
Yes, Deborah Gordon has done an impressive amount of work with ants.