A Field Guide to the Ants of New England


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Aaron M. Ellison, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Elizabeth J. Farnsworth, and Gary D. Alpert

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This book is the first user-friendly regional guide devoted to ants—the “little things that run the world.” Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 line drawings, 300-plus photographs, and regional distribution maps as composite illustrations for every species, this guide will introduce amateur and professional naturalists and biologists, teachers and students, and environmental managers and pest-control professionals to more than 140 ant species found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

The detailed drawings and species descriptions, together with the high-magnification photographs, will allow anyone to identify and learn about ants and their diversity, ecology, life histories, and beauty. In addition, the book includes sections on collecting ants, ant ecology and evolution, natural history, and patterns of geographic distribution and diversity to help readers gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ants.

Aaron M. Ellison is senior research fellow in ecology at Harvard University's Harvard Forest and adjunct research professor of biology and environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts.Nicholas J. Gotelli is professor of biology at the University of Vermont. Elizabeth J. Farnsworth is senior research ecologist at New England Wild Flower Society. Gary D. Alpert is an environmental biologist on the staff of the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Harvard University.

"This ground-breaking field guide not only contributes to our basic knowledge of ants, but places the ants of New England within reach of those interested in the natural history of the region."—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

“This goes beyond any ant book that has come before it and puts it in line with the popular and best bird books on the market….readable and easy to use by non-experts.”—Sean Menke, Lake Forest College

“…a great combination of natural history, a little anecdote, and  gorgeous inspired figures.”—Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma

“…[Will] appeal to [anyone] interested in insects or natural history in general, as well as those who are truly ant enthusiasts.”—Jane O’Donnell, University of Connecticut


“This…is phenomenal! …a fantastic job [and] will be very usable for all students. ...I love the natural history and details about all the ants- especially the names! The matrix keys are GREAT and really helpful.”—Katherine Bennett, 5th grade teacher

“The book is wonderful. I never have seen a book with so much information together about biology, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, keys to species and pictures. All myrmecologists will want a copy.”—Rogério R. Silva, Museu de Zoologia/USP/Entomologia São Paulo

“[A] comprehensive and lucid consideration of the over 130 ant species living in or around New England. The authors…successfully convey their sense of wonder at and appreciation for an animal whose complex and fascinating lives are unknown to most, despite their ubiquity.”—Publishers Weekly


“What a gorgeous field guide! Congratulations on such a comprehensive and USEFUL resource.”—Joan Herbers, Ohio State

“The descriptions for the various Formica species groups are the best I’ve seen, and the drawings throughout are absolutely excellent.”—Adam Clark, University of Minnesota

"Your field guide is a really fascinating and interesting book. I like the matrix keys, at the beginning of the book and look forward to testing them with specimens. The combination of drawings and photographs provides a useful tool."—Claude Pilon, Entomofaune du Québec

“What a wonderful addition to the entomological world! There are so many features that make it exceptional: The keys by size on the front flyleaf, the basics of ant anatomy on the back, the arrows on the diagrams, distribution maps, interesting notes on species, the background material and biography. Delightful!”—Charlene Donahue, Maine Entomological Society, President

 “This book sets a gold standard…Ground-breaking, intelligent, and innovative…and [it] will inspire similar works for other regions around the world.”—Myrmecological News

“Outstanding, well-written.” —Choice

“Destined to be known, at least in myrmecological circles, as ‘The New England Bible.’”—The Quarterly Review of Biology

“fascinating to novices and experts alike.”—Invertebrate Notes

“includes everything you’ve ever wished for in a field guide.”—Joan Waltermire, Northern Woodlands

Won the 2013 New England Society Book Award as a Speciality Title, for the Science & Nature category.

Winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the General Science category.
ISBN: 9780300169300
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
416 pages, 6 x 9 1/4
350 b/w + 310 color illus.
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