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Stories by Edward O. Wilson

The Bottleneck

We have entered the Centuryof the Environment, in which the immediate future is usefully conceived as a bottleneck: science and technology, combined with foresight and moral courage, must see us through it and out

February 1, 2002 — Edward O. Wilson

Threats to Biodiversity

Habitat destruction, mostly in the tropics, is driving thousands of species each year to extinction. The consequences will be dire-unless the trend is reversed

September 1, 1989 — Edward O. Wilson

Weaver Ants

These social insects use their own larvae as shuttles to weave leaves into large nests in the rain forests of Africa and Asia. Their behavior is coordinated by complex chemical stimuli

December 1, 1977 — Berthold K. Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson

Slavery in Ants

Certain species of ants raid the nests of other species for ants to work in their own nest. Some raiding species have become so specialized that they are no longer capable of feeding themselves

June 1, 1975 — Edward O. Wilson

Animal Communication

Animals ranging from insects to mammals communicate by means of chemicals, movements and sounds. Man also uses these modes of communication, but he adds his own unique kind of language

September 1, 1972 — Edward O. Wilson


A pheromone is a substance secreted by an animal that influences the behavior of other animals of the same species. Recent studies indicate that such chemical communication is surprisingly common

May 1, 1963 — Edward O. Wilson

The Fire Ant

An imported species of this insect has become a serious pest in the South. It is studied both to find means to control it and to learn how a species adapts itself to a new environment

March 1, 1958 — Edward O. Wilson

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