By Charlotte Sleigh

ISBN-10: 1861894813

ISBN-13: 9781861894816

Ants are legion: at the present there are 11,006 species of ant recognized; they dwell all around the global other than the polar icecaps; and the mixed weight of the ant inhabitants has been anticipated to make up part the mass of all bugs alive today.

When we come across them outdoor, ants fascinate us; chanced on in our kitchen cabinets, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh's Ant elucidates the cultural purposes in the back of our various reactions to those notable bugs, and considers the range of responses that people have expressed at various instances and somewhere else to their complicated, miniature societies. Ants have figured as myth miniature armies, as versions of fine habit, as infiltrating communists and as creatures at the borderline among the geographical regions of the natural and the laptop: in 1977 British Telecom employed ant specialists to aid remedy issues of their colossal info network.

This is the 1st booklet to check ants in those and plenty of different such guises, and in so doing opens up broader matters concerning the heritage of technology and humans' kin with the flora and fauna. it will likely be of curiosity to a person who likes common background or cultural reports, or who has ever rushed out and purchased a can of Raid™.

Show description

Read Online or Download Ant (Animal) PDF

Best nature books

David Allen Sibley's The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior PDF

It is a PDF with OCR textual content - if somebody prefers the unique DJVU with OCR, ship me a message and I'll add that as well.

The Sibley consultant to fowl existence and behaviour is the hot landmark booklet from David Allen Sibley. Designed to reinforce the birding adventure and to complement the preferred examine of North American birds, the ebook combines greater than 795 of his full-color illustrations with authoritative textual content by means of forty eight professional birders and biologists. during this new consultant Sibley takes us past identity, to teach us how birds reside and what they do.

Introductory essays define the rules of avian evolution, lifestyles cycle, physiology, flight dynamics, and extra. The eighty family-by-family chapters describe the superb variety of habit dictated by way of birds’ biology and surroundings. one of the matters lined and illustrated are:

--molts and plumages
--food and foraging
--vocalizations and displays
--courtship and breeding
--rearing of young
--migration and movements
--scientific groupings
--introduced species
--accidental species
--flight styles
--nests and eggs
--global distribution

Accessibly written, fantastically designed and arranged, and brilliantly illustrated, The Sibley advisor to chook lifestyles and behaviour is an critical resource of data at the avian existence round us.

Stephen Martin's Penguin (Animal) PDF

From the Penguin Books emblem to The March of the Penguins, a definite tuxedo-adorned member of the animal country has lengthy captured our hearts and imaginations. Stephen Martin regales us the following with the cultural and usual background of the penguin, revealing many desirable and little-known evidence approximately this loved fowl.

Download e-book for iPad: The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Initially released 1864

"What a desert stroll for a guy to take by myself! .. .Here was once touring of the previous heroic variety over the unaltered face of nature. " Henry David Thoreau

Over a interval of 3 years, Thoreau made 3 journeys to the principally unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe through moonlight, and dined on cedar beer, hemlock tea and moose lips. Taking notes continuously, Thoreau used to be simply as prone to flip his observant eye to the behavior and languages of the Abnaki Indians or the laborious lifetime of the logger as he was once to the workings of nature. He acutely saw the rivers, lakes, mountains, wolves, moose, and stars in the dead of night sky. He additionally instructed of nights sitting through the campfire, and of assembly males who communicated with one another by way of writing at the trunks of bushes. within the Maine Woods, Thoreau captured a wilder facet of the United States and printed his personal adventurous spirit.

New PDF release: Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

Overdue one June evening in 2011, a wide animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut freeway. The creature seemed as anything out of recent England's forgotten prior. Beside the line lay a 140-pound mountain lion.

Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century while lions final roamed the japanese usa. yet a extra significant situation of evidence quickly opened up. The lion was once 3 years outdated, with a DNA path embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey ultimately passing inside thirty miles of latest York urban. It was once the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in the USA, by way of a slightly weaned youngster venturing solo via antagonistic terrain.

William Stolzenburg retraces his two-year journey--from his embattled birthplace within the Black Hills, around the nice Plains and the Mississippi River, via Midwest metropolises and distant northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast. alongside the best way, the lion traverses lands with humans gunning for his type, in addition to these championing his reason.

Heart of a Lion is a narrative of 1 heroic creature pitting intuition opposed to towering odds, coming domestic to a society deeply divided over his go back. it's a testomony to the resilience of nature, and a try out of humanity's willingness to reside back beside the last word image of wildness.

Extra info for Ant (Animal)

Sample text

And not just that this excellent tragic day (Black Sunday? ) was the victim’s birthday or golden wedding anniversary or that he’d just won the lottery. ) I wanted more than to break news. I wanted to be the news. My fantasy front-page lead—shark attack or boating disaster or freak rip tide—was a watery adventure story where I became the hero and got the scoop as well. Naturally it would take unusual circumstances for me to step outside the traditional role of neutral observer and modestly but heroically intrude.

But not the way they were thinking. When he came back to New Brunswick from the Second War, he was as wild as a buck and as rough as a night in jail. Peace and love he had in abundance but not the kind to suffer fools. He’d walk across the river in late March, with the ice breaking around his boots, to get to a dance. That was faith. qxPETER 2/9/02 3:19 PM Page 36 36mnwhen the wild comes leaping up hate indiscriminately. He got into a fight with the doctor and was in jail when his wife died alone.

His fiction has been adapted for film, television, radio, and theatre. He lives with his family on the central coast of New South Wales. qxPETER 2/9/02 3:19 PM Page 47 every writer knows that although coincidence may be Fiction’s dire enemy, it is Real Life’s ardent lover. If I didn’t know this the summer I turned nineteen, I certainly understood that news editors adored the poignant coincidence. One Sunday morning that summer I was following sharks up the West Coast Highway, well outside my territory, with the two-way radio crackling in the office Ford Anglia and the sun glinting off the white dunes and sandy verges, off the roadside bottles and approaching car windscreens and the glassy Indian Ocean itself.

Download PDF sample

Ant (Animal) by Charlotte Sleigh

by Brian

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 50 votes