By Mike Hansell
From termite mounds and caterpillar cocoons to the flowery nests of social birds and the lethal traps of spiders, the buildings of the animal international can amaze and every now and then even rival our personal feats of engineering. yet how do creatures with such small brains construct those advanced constructions? What drives them to do it?
In this attention-grabbing quantity, Mike Hansell seems on the impressive buildings that animals build--whether houses, traps, or courtship displays--and finds what technological know-how can let us know approximately this very good habit. we glance at wasp's nests, leaf-cutting ants, caddis flies and amoebae, or even the extreme bower fowl, who seduces his mate with a embellished pile of twigs, baubles, feathers, and berries. we find how a few animals produce their very own construction fabrics, akin to the silk secreted through spiders to weave an array of other net and traps, or the glue a few bugs produce to carry their constructions jointly. And we find out how an unlimited colony of social bugs can create nests that may penetrate as much as twenty toes into the floor and condo thousands of individuals--all outfitted by way of tiny-brained animals repeating many straightforward activities as they roam randomly round the constitution. Hansell additionally sheds mild on how animal constructions have developed over the years, how insect societies emerged, how animals can regulate their wider habitat, or even even if a few animals have a cultured experience.
Built by means of Animals deals a colourful account of a side of animal habit that may satisfaction an individual drawn to the wildlife.