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The superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies

Hölldobler, Bert, 1936- Save to your list

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  • Creator Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson ; line drawings by Margaret C. Nelson
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication First edition. New York : W.W. Norton, [2009] ©2009
  • Physical Details
    • xxi, 522 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
  • ISBNs 9780393067040, 0393067041
  • OCLC ocn227016678


  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • The construction of a superorganism -- Genetic social evolution -- Sociogenesis -- The genetic evolution of decision rules -- The division of labor -- Communication -- The rise of the ants -- Ponerine ants : the great radiation -- The attine leafcutters : the ultimate superorganisms -- Nest architecture and house hunting

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