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  • About The AuthorNow writing under the pen-name of HARUN YAHYA, Adnan

    Oktar was born in Ankara in 1956. Having completed his primaryand secondary education in Ankara, he studied arts at Istanbul'sMimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Sincethe 1980s, he has published many books on political, scientific, andfaith-related issues. Harun Yahya is well-known as the author ofimportant works disclosing the imposture of evolutionists, theirinvalid claims, and the dark liaisons between Darwinism and suchbloody ideologies as fascism and communism.

    Harun Yahya's works, translated into 57 different languages,constitute a collection for a total of more than 45,000 pages with30,000 illustrations.

    His pen-name is a composite of the names Harun (Aaron) and Yahya(John), in memory of the two esteemed prophets who fought against their

    peoples' lack of faith. The Prophet's (may Allah bless him and grant himpeace) seal on his books' covers is symbolic and is linked to their contents.

    It represents the Qur'an (the Final Scripture) and Prophet Muhammad (mayAllah bless him and grant him peace), last of the prophets. Under the

    guidance of the Qur'an and the Sunnah (teachings of the Prophet [may Allahbless him and grant him peace]), the author makes it his purpose to disprove

    each fundamental tenet of irreligious ideologies and to have the "last word," soas to completely silence the objections raised against religion. He uses

    the seal of the final Prophet (may Allah bless him and granthim peace), who attained ultimate wisdom and moralperfection, as a sign of his intention to offer the last word.

    All of Harun Yahya's works share one single goal: toconvey the Qur'an's message, encourage readers toconsider basic faith-related issues such as Allah'sexistence and unity and the Hereafter; and to exposeirreligious systems' feeble foundations and pervertedideologies.

    Harun Yahya enjoys a wide readership in manycountries, from India to America, England to

    Indonesia, Poland to Bosnia, Spain toBrazil, Malaysia to Italy, France

    to Bulgaria and Russia. Someof his books are

  • available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Urdu, Arabic,Albanian, Chinese, Swahili, Hausa, Dhivehi (spoken in Mauritius), Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian), Polish, Malay, Uygur Turkish, Indonesian, Bengali, Danish andSwedish.

    Greatly appreciated all around the world, these works have been instrumentalin many people recovering faith in Allah and gaining deeper insights into theirfaith. His books' wisdom and sincerity, together with a distinct style that's easy tounderstand, directly affect anyone who reads them. Those who seriously considerthese books, can no longer advocate atheism or any other perverted ideology ormaterialistic philosophy, since these books are characterized by rapideffectiveness, definite results, and irrefutability. Even if they continue to do so, itwill be only a sentimental insistence, since these books refute such ideologies fromtheir very foundations. All contemporary movements of denial are nowideologically defeated, thanks to the books written by Harun Yahya.

    This is no doubt a result of the Qur'an's wisdom and lucidity. The authormodestly intends to serve as a means in humanity's search for Allah's right path.No material gain is sought in the publication of these works.

    Those who encourage others to read these books, to open their minds andhearts and guide them to become more devoted servants of Allah, render aninvaluable service.

    Meanwhile, it would only be a waste of time and energy to propagate otherbooks that create confusion in people's minds, lead them into ideological chaos,and that clearly have no strong and precise effects in removing the doubts inpeople's hearts, as also verified from previous experience. It is impossible for booksdevised to emphasize the author's literary power rather than the noble goal ofsaving people from loss of faith, to have such a great effect. Those who doubt thiscan readily see that the sole aim of Harun Yahya's books is to overcome disbeliefand to disseminate the Qur'an's moral values. The success and impact of thisservice are manifested in the readers' conviction.

    One point should be kept in mind: The main reason for the continuing cruelty,conflict, and other ordeals endured by the vast majority of people is the ideologicalprevalence of disbelief. This can be ended only with the ideological defeat ofdisbelief and by conveying the wonders of creation and Qur'anic morality so thatpeople can live by it. Considering the state of the world today, leading into adownward spiral of violence, corruption and conflict, clearly this service must beprovided speedily and effectively, or it may be too late.

    In this effort, the books of Harun Yahya assume a leading role. By the will ofAllah, these books will be a means through which people in the twenty-firstcentury will attain the peace, justice, and happiness promised in the Qur'an.

  • Global Publishing, October 2007

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  • TO THE READERA special chapter of the author’s books is assigned to the collapse ofthe theory of evolution because this theory constitutes the basis ofall anti-spiritual philosophies. Since Darwinism rejects the fact ofcreation—and therefore, Allah's existence—over the last 150 yearsit has caused many people to abandon their faith or fall into doubt.It is therefore an imperative service, a very important duty to showeveryone that this theory is a deception. Since some readers mayfind the chance to read only one of our books, we think itappropriate to devote a chapter to summarize this subject.

    All the author's books explain faith-related issues in light of Qur'anicverses, and invite readers to learn Allah's words and to live by them.All the subjects concerning Allah's verses are explained so as to leaveno doubt or room for questions in the reader's mind. The books'sincere, plain, and fluent style ensures that everyone of every age andfrom every social group can easily understand them. Thanks to theireffective, lucid narrative, they can be read at one sitting. Even thosewho rigorously reject spirituality are influenced by the facts thesebooks document and cannot refute the truthfulness of their contents.

    This and all the other books by the author can be read individually,or discussed in a group. Readers eager to profit from the books willfind discussion very useful, letting them relate their reflections andexperiences to one another.

    In addition, it will be a great service to Islam to contribute to thepublication and reading of these books, written solely for the pleasureof Allah. The author's books are all extremely convincing. For thisreason, to communicate true religion to others, one of the mosteffective methods is encouraging them to read these books.

    We hope the reader will look through the reviews of his other booksat the back of this book. His rich source material on faith-relatedissues is very useful, and a pleasure to read.

    In these books, unlike some other books, you will not find theauthor's personal views, explanations based on dubious sources,styles that are unobservant of the respect and reverence due to sacredsubjects, nor hopeless, pessimistic arguments that create doubts in themind and deviations in the heart.

  • On his way to school every day, Omar walksover to the garden of the house across the streetand waits there for a while. A very special friend ofhis lives in this garden. No one knows this friend,but Omar loves him a lot. Omar never forgets tovisit his friend, and enjoys their friendship a lot.After all, he has a friend who is more intelligentthan anyone else. Despite being very small in size,his friend can do many important things. He is also

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    TO THE

    WORLD OF ANTS!

  • very hard-working. He does all of his jobs very welland at the proper time, just as if he was a

    soldier in an army. Although he does not goto school like Omar, he successfully

    carries out the many tasks which heneeds to do in his life.

    You are wondering whothis little friend is, aren't

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  • Omar's secret friend is a little ant, who can domany wonderful things.

    You may never have heard how skilful andintelligent ants are. Some of you may even think ofthem as simple insects that wander around all daywithout doing anything. But those of you who thinklike that are mistaken, because ants, just like manyother living things, also have a life of their own.

    Omar has the chance to learn about the details ofthis life from his friend. This is one of the reasons whyhe never fails to visit his friend and enjoys his chatswith him so much.

    Omar is very amazed by the things he learns fromhis friend about the world of the ants. He wants toshare everything he learns about his little friend'stalents, intelligence and all his other superior traitswith other people.

    What, then, makes Omar so excited? Why is he sofascinated by the world of ants? You must bewondering why. So just continue reading...

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  • Ants have more of their own kind in this worldthan most other living creatures. For every 700 millionants that come into this world, there are only 40 new-born human beings. In other words, the number ofants in the world is way above the number of humanbeings.

    Ant families are also very big. For instance, youprobably have a family of 4-5 people. In an ant family,however, there are sometimes millions of ants. Nowthink for a minute: if you had millions of brothers andsisters, would you be able to live in a single house?Surely not!

    The astonishing features of ants do not end here.Despite the fact that millions of them live together,they have no problems with each other, no mix-upsand no disorder. They live an extremely well plannedlife with everyone obeying the rules.

    Some ant families do tailoring, others grow theirown food like farmers, and yet others run small farmswhere they raise some smaller animals. In the sameway as human beings breed cows and use their milk,ants breed small plant lice (aphids) and use their milk.

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  • Now let's see what Omar has to say about theworld of ants:

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    Weaver ants areskilful tailors. Theycombine leaves bypulling them from

    two sides and sewing the leaves

    together. In thisway, they make a

    nice home for themselves.

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    Doorman ants guard thenest. They do this job verysuccessfully. Other antsare also very hard-working. They do all thework of the nest.

  • Omar: I first noticed him when I saw his tinyhead emerging from the earth. His head attractedmy attention, as it was a bit bigger than his body. Iwondered why his head was like that and started towatch this tiny friend of mine. The big head on hislittle body was helping him serve as a guard at theentrance of the nest. Do you want to know 'how?'He was checking whether the ants that attemptedto enter the nest belonged to his own family or not,and did not let them in if they were strangers.

    Soon after seeing him, I met him and asked himto tell me what was happening inside. My little friendunderstood my curiosity, and started to tell meabout it. What I was wondering most was how theants with big heads recognised their nest-matesand let them in.

    The Ant: Omar, let me first tell you that wecall our families a 'colony.' In other words, we live incommunities called colonies. An ant can easily tellwhether another ant belongs to its own colony ornot. He does it by touching the other ant's bodywith his antenna, (thin little rods coming out of thetop of his head) which helps him to distinguishstrangers, thanks to the 'colony scent' they have. Ifthe ant is a stranger, then we cannot let him into ourhome. Moreover, we may even have to use force tosend him away.

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    Ants "talking" to oneanother by touching.

    Ants do not wantstrangers to enter theirnests, because this willthreaten their security.They never hesitate toget into a fight toprotect their nest andfriends.

  • Omar was surprised to hear about theirperfect security system and wondered howstrangers that tried to enter the nest dared to doso. When he shared this thought with his friend,he smiled at him and said that there were manyother things that would surprise him.

    The Ant then said: "Let me tell now you aboutthe inside of our nest, which you were eager toknow about. Our colonies consist of the queenant, male ants, soldiers, and worker ants.

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  • The queen and male antskeep our species going. Thequeen is larger than all of us.The duty of the males is tomake the queen give birth tonew ants. Soldiers areresponsible for protectingour colony, hunting, andfinding new places for nests.The last group consists ofthe worker ants. Worker antsare all sterile female ants.

    Ants havedifferent

    tasks. They allwork very

    hard at theirjobs without a

    moment's rest.

  • That is, they cannot give birth to new ants. Theytake care of the queen and her babies, and cleanand feed them. In addition, they also have to do allthe other jobs in the colony. They build newcorridors in the nest, search for food and clean thenest up. The worker and soldier ants also divideinto smaller groups among themselves. Some ofthese are breeders, builders, and food-hunters.Each group has a different job. While one groupfights off enemies or hunts, another group buildsthe nest, and yet another takes care of thecleaning and repairs of the nest."

    As Omar's little friend explained all that, helistened to him with wonder, and then asked him:"Do you never get bored, waiting at the entrance ofthe nest all the time? What is your duty in thenest?"

    The Ant replied: "I am also a worker, and myduty is to serve here as a doorman. As you see, myhead is big enough to cover the entrance hole ofthe nest. I am pleased that I have this ability, and Icarry out my duty with great pleasure. I never getbored; on the contrary, I am very glad that I protectfriends from threats."

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    Hard-workingworkers onthe job.

  • Omar couldn't help but be amazed at his answer.Ants were working all the time to help others, withno thought for themselves and without anyproblems—something even people cannot managemost of the time.

    From what his little friend told him, he couldeasily understand that the work of the nest wasperfectly divided up between the ants. It wasobvious that the life of ants was very well-orderedand all the ants had to be quite unselfish. Then hewondered whether they had any fights amongstthemselves because some of them claimed thatthey were better or stronger than others. His friendsaid that nothing like that ever happened and added:

    "We are a big family, Omar. There is no jealousy,competition or ambition among us. We always helpeach other and do our best to serve the colony.Everything in the colony is based on sacrifice. Eachant thinks of the good of his friends first, and onlythen of himself. Let me give you an example. When

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  • there is a shortage of food in the colony, the workerants immediately change into 'feeder' ants, and startfeeding others with the food in their reservestomachs. When there is enough food in the colony,they again become worker ants.

    I used to hear people saying that there iscompetition among living things in nature. Neverbelieve what they say. We know very well that wehave to cooperate to be successful."

    Omar said that what he had told him abouthimself and his colony was a very good example ofthis. He was very glad to know that Allah had createdhim so unselfish, helpful and so fond of his friends.After what he told him, he decided to be at least asthoughtful of others as ants were, and be a goodperson whom Allah loves.

    It had got quite late and he had to get to school.He told his friend that he had to go, but wouldcertainly come to see him the next day.

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  • The next day Omar went back to the same placeand waited for his little friend. After a few minutes, heappeared. He told him that he had waited impatiently allnight to see him again. Then he reminded him of hispromise to tell him about the inside of the nest. So theant started to tell him about his home:

    "Although we are tiny animals, our nest is amazinglybig, just like the headquarters of a big army. If you are astranger, you can never get in. Because, as you alreadyknow, there are guards like me at the doors.

    Inside, there is extremely orderly, non-stopactivity. Thousands, even millions, of soldier and workerants carry out their jobs in an organized way. Ourbuildings are very suitable for indoor work. There arespecial departments for each job, and thesedepartments are designed in such a way that both thesoldier ants and the worker ants like me can work in theeasiest manner.

    Besides, we consider all our needs while putting upour buildings. For instance, our building has floorsunderground which only let a limited amount of sunlightin. But there are also some departments where thesun's energy is needed. We build these departments onthe top floors, which receive sunlight at the widestpossible angle. And then again, there are departmentsthat have to stay in constant touch with each other. Webuild these close to one another, so that the ants can

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  • easily reach each other. Ourstorehouse, where the surplusmaterials are kept, is built as aseparate department at oneside of the building. Thelarders where we store ourprovisions are in places whichare easy to reach. In additionto these, there is also a big hallright at the centre of thebuilding where we gather oncertain occasions."

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    At the side, wesee anundergroundcity built byants. Despitetheir tiny size,they can,amazingly,build such bigcities.

  • 1. Air Defence System 2. Greenhouse 3. Main entrance and sideentrances 4. Ready-made chambers 5. Storage cemetery 6. Guards'chamber 7. Outer shield 8. Nursing chamber 9. Meat depot 10. Graindepot 11. Childcare for larvae 12. Wintering room 13. Central heatingdepartment 14. Brooding room 15. Royalty room...There is no doubt that ants cannot plan and devise all these detailsthemselves. They are inspired by Allah to do so.

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  • When Omar heard all that, he asked his littlefriend: "Do you really do all these things? I did notknow that ants could work like skilful engineersand architects. If people are to build such perfectbuildings, they have to spend many years atschool and work very hard. Do you also receivesuch training?" In reply, the ant went on telling himof more mind-boggling things about his friends:

    "No, Omar. All of us have theseskills within us. These are nevertaught to us, but we know exactlywhat to do, and when. And that is

    The house that antsbuild forthemselves isalmost like acastle for them.

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  • not all. What I am going to tell you next willsurprise you even more.

    As I told you before, our building is very bigcompared to our size. In spite of this, however, itis heated evenly. In our nests, there is a veryadvanced central heating system. This way, thetemperature stays constant all day long. Toguarantee this, we cover the outside surface ofour building with various materials that do not letthe heat in. In this way, we prevent cold air gettingin during the winter and keep hot air out in thesummer. That is how we always keep thetemperature at the same level."

    There was no doubt that if Omar had not methis little friend, he would hardly have believed that

    ants could do all this. He said to the ant:"Before you told me all this, if someone

    had come up and told me about thedetails of your nest and asked who

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  • could build a nest like that, I would have come upwith very different answers. I would have said thatsuch a nest could only be built with very fine toolsand hard work by highly skilled people. If someonehad told me that this building was not constructedby educated people but by ants, to tell you thetruth, I would never have believed him."

    While his little friend, the ant, wastalking to him, many thoughtscrossed his mind. He thoughtthat they were more skilfulthan people, and started to see theseanimals differently. He understood that ants werecreated by Allah, and that it was Allah's inspirationat every moment that made them behave the waythey did. Otherwise, they would never be able todo all these things successfully.

    As all this was crossing his mind, his littlefriend kept on speaking. As he went on, Omargrew even more interested, and wanted to askhim about everything that came to his mind. He

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  • asked the first question that occurred to him rightaway. He had earlier been told that ants behavedlike farmers, so he asked him how they managedto do that. How could an ant, being so small, farmland without any tools, something that even a mancould hardly do?

    The Ant said: "Let me tell you onemore thing about us. That way, it

    will be easier to answer yourquestion. Although we all lookvery much alike, we are divided

    into many distinct groupsaccording to the way we live

    and look. There are around8,800 different kinds of

    ants. All the specieshave distinct features.The farmer ant is oneof these species. Now,I will tell you about antsthat engage in farming.They are called "attas",that is, leaf-cutting

    ants.

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  • The foremost characteristic of attas is theirhabit of carrying on their heads the leaf piecesthat they cut out. For this purpose, they firstsmooth out their path, so that they can easilymove about on it. The road they travel to theirnest while carrying the cut leaves looks like a smallhighway. Ants walk slowly along this path,collecting all the twigs, small bits of gravel, grassand wild plants on the ground, and removing them.Thus, they clear a path for themselves.

    Attas cut leavesskilfully and withgreat care.

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  • After much long and hard work, thehighway becomes straight and smooth as

    if flattened by a special tool. Attas walktowards their nest on this path,

    hiding under big pieces of leaves,which they hold in their tightlyclamped jaws."

    Omar : Did you say theyhide under leaves? Why doattas feel the need to hideunder leaves?

    The Ant: Attas have tobe careful sometimes, Omar.

    For instance, medium-sizedatta workers spend almostall day away from the nest,carrying leaves. It isdifficult for them toprotect themselves whenthey are doing that,

    because they carry theleaves in their jaws,which they normallyuse for self-defense.

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    1- Ants chopthe leaves theybring to thenest into bits. 2- They chewthese bits intopulp. 3- They applythis pulp over abase of driedleaves in newchambers.4- They placebits of fungusthey take fromother chambersover this pulp. 5- A busy groupof ants cleansthe garden andremoves allunnecessarymaterials.

  • Omar: So, if theyare not able to protectthemselves, who doesit for them?

    The Ant : Leafcutter worker ants arealways accompaniedby smaller workers.These workers climbon the top of the leaves that the attas carry andkeep watch. In the event of an enemy attack, theyprotect their friends, despite their small size.

    Omar: That is another amazing example ofself-sacrifice. But I want to know one more thing.What do attas use these leaves for? Why do attaskeep carrying those leaves all day long?

    The Ant: They need them for their farming.Attas use these leaves to grow fungus. Antscannot eat the leaves themselves. So, worker antsmake a heap of these pieces of leaves afterchewing them, and then place them in the

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  • underground chambers in their nest. In thesechambers, they grow fungus on the leaves andobtain their food from the shoots of the growingfungus.

    You must now be wondering how tiny ants cancarry out such miraculous events all bythemselves?

    Omar: Yes. I am really trying to understandhow ants manage to do all that. For example, if youasked me to grow fungus, it would not be at alleasy for me to do. At the very least, I would have

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  • to read some books or else seek the advice of peoplewho do know how to do it. But I know that attas do notreceive any training like this.

    Now I can better understand what makes you andyour ant friends so talented. You are programmed to doyour jobs. For example, attas come into the world alreadyknowing about farming. Certainly, Allah, the Creator of allliving things, gave attas this skill. It is Allah Who createdyou and all your friends with all these awesome features.

    The Ant: You are right, Omar. We know all thesethings innately. Our Creator, Allah, gave them to us asblessings.

    Omar was late again. He thanked him, and left forschool. As he walked, the things his ant friend had toldhim were still echoing in his ears. Meanwhile, he kept onthinking.

    Ants' skilful actions pointed to a great wisdom. Butthis wisdom could not belong to the ants themselves.They were, after all, tiny creatures. Then all ants' skillsmust show man the wisdom of Allah. In order to show thegreatness of His being and His art of creation, Allah, theCreator of the ants, made these tiny creatures carry outtasks they could never do by their own wisdom and will.

    His friend owed his innate wisdom, skill andsacrificing nature to the inspiration of Allah. Everythinghe did was proof not of his, but of Allah's power andwisdom.

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  • Thinking about all that, herealized that certain things thathe had earlier imagineddifferently had been replacedby true versions of the facts.He understood once again thatthe stories told about livingthings, how they came intoexistence by chance, how theyacquired the skills they had bychance over periods of time,were lies. How could they betrue? Just think, how could ants"talk" to each other soperfectly if they had come intobeing by chance? How couldthey make contact with eachother without any disorder, andbuild perfect nests? Besides,even if all these ants had comeinto existence by chance and ifthey lived only to defendthemselves, how was it thatthey could make suchenormous sacrifices for oneanother?

    He thought about thesethings all day at school. When

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    Attas carrying the leavesthey have cut.

  • he got home in the evening, he decided to read theQur'an, which Allah sent down to all people. The firstverse he read was the following:

    In the creation of the heavens and the earth, andthe alternation of night and day, there are Signnsfor people with intelligence: those who rememberAllah, standing, sitting and lying on their sidess, andreflect on the creation of the heavens and theearth (by saying): 'Our Lord, You have not creaatedthis for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard usfrom the punishment of the Fire.' (Surah Al IImran:190-191) He was totally convinced that Allah alone created

    the ant, himself, his mother and father, his brother andeverything in the universe. His little friend had

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  • reminded him of the mostimportant fact in the world: thatthere was no creator but Allah.

    I believe that when you readthese lines, all of you will alsounderstand the truth like Omar,and know that it is Allah Whocreated everything. Then you willsay: "Darwin, who said that 'livingbeings were not created, but came into existence bychance' was a big liar. When we are surrounded bycreatures with so many fascinating skills, it is impossibleto think that they came into existence by chance."

    So, if like Omar you also chance upon a good friendone day, never forget that you have a lot to learn fromhim. Investigate and think about the perfection in theart of Allah, Who created him. And if you ever meet liarslike Darwin, tell them about the features of your littlefriends and say that you will never ever believe in theirnonsensical lies.

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    The World Of Our Little Friends The AntsAbout The AuthorTO THE READERWelcome To the World Of Ants