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Adventures Among Ants:
A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Mark Moffett (photo by Frank J. Sulloway)

INTREPID INTERNATIONAL EXPLORER, biologist, and National Geographic photographer Mark W. Moffett, “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo. Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human — including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. VISIT www.adventuresamongants.com. (Book signing to follow lecture.)

photo copyright Mark W. Moffett

Soldiers of an African army ant that can have colonies of 20,000,000 workers capable of killing cattle (photo copyright © Mark W. Moffett, used with permission)

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