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The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson
New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. 544 pages.

From the publisher: “The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume. The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of the social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and is based on remarkable research conducted mostly within the last two decades. These superorganisms ... represent one of the basic stages of biological organization, midway between the organism and the entire species.”