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By any standard except stature, leafcutter ants are downright awesome. Colonies of these tiny leaf-cutters contain as many as five million workers, all the daughters of a single fertile queen. Their nests are gigantic, some of them stretching thirty feet across, five feet above the ground and twenty-five feet beneath it. These fingernail-sized conquistadors have built empires from Louisiana to Patagonia. In this truly astonishing book, sociobiologists Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson present the most detailed, authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. The pair's infatuation is always well-documented: their 1991 The Ants won a much-deserved Pulitzer Prize. Flip the pages. The photographs and captions alone are worth the price of this paperback original.