The superorganism

Like Superman, but made of ants.

The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson examines the tiny, kind of scary world of insect civilizations, complete with social harmony, impressive architecture, efficient climate control – and lots of really amazing pictures. Read the review on Slate, which cuts right to the chase with an ants-vs.-humans scenario. If that gets you excited, then you need this book.