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Books/documentary about ants recommendation?


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#1 Offline IdioticMouse26 - Posted June 5 2024 - 7:36 PM

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Does anyone know any books/documentary about ants? It can either be fiction or non-fiction. It would better if it was educational. 

 

So far, ant books I've read are: Tales from the ant world by Edward O. Willison, The Ants by Bernard Werber, Empire of Ants by Susanne Foitzik and Olaf Fritsche, and Chrysalis by RinoZ(it's a web book with very game-fantasy theme)

 

Documentaries I've watched are: Planet Ant (where they talk about Atta), Lord of the Ants, A documentary about formica mound ant supercolony narrated by David Attenbourgh(can't remember the title), Unstoppable Invaders(solenopsis invicta), and Best of Ants BBC. Also all "documentaries" made by Ants Australlia(now called Jordan Dean. I 100% recommend his channel if you haven't heard of it. His videos are so high-quality).

 

Thank you!



#2 Online kalimant - Posted June 6 2024 - 1:33 AM

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The Ants by Wilson and Holldobler

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ants

 

Pheidole by Wilson

https://www.amazon.c...4/dp/B01HC1FQ26

 

Still debating whether to get this one.

 

You might also want to take look at this thread:

https://www.formicul...ooks-with-ants/


Edited by kalimant, June 6 2024 - 1:34 AM.

I currently maintain a site dedicated to the hyper-diverse myrmicine genus Pheidole.:

 

PHEIDOLE

 

I also own the Lurker's Guide to Leafcutters Ants

 


#3 Offline IdioticMouse26 - Posted June 6 2024 - 7:50 PM

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I searched both of them in Amazon, and wowza they're super expensive! Like in the $200-300s! I don't think I can buy it, but thanks for the info.  



#4 Offline Mushu - Posted June 10 2024 - 12:09 AM

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here's a oldie but goodie. I have the dvd.

 

Ants, little creatures that rule the world

 

Life in the undergrowth has some parts about Ants:

 

As does Wild South America:

 

Fire ants the invincible army



#5 Offline ReignofRage - Posted June 10 2024 - 4:31 PM

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Documentary-wise, it's hard to go wrong with Empire of the Desert Ants from BBC. It follows a Myrmecocystus mimicus colony from the day of a nuptial flight for eight years until the colony passed away.

 

Book-wise, I would advise against the E.O. Wilson's 2003 work on Pheidole that was suggested above. It has a plethora of blatantly erroneous synonymizations that have decades worth of publications, including phylogenetic studies, proving the synonymizations erroneous! It also includes unthorough documentation of certain type specimens. Additionally, the dichotomous key is nearly impossible to follow.

 

Books from Wheeler & Wheeler, such as "Ants of Deep Canyon" and "Ants of the Nevada Test Site," are great with minimal outdated identifications. Books from A.C. Cole Jr. are great as well, but outdated. In my signature, there's a hyperlink "Scanned Literature" that will take you to a thread with one of A.C. Cole Jr.'s books scanned for free viewing.


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#6 Offline IdioticMouse26 - Posted June 10 2024 - 4:48 PM

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Thanks for all the infos, I'll be sure to watch some of the documentaries.






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