I'm not qualified to judge its technical accuracy, & may be it reads like a documentary, but very beautiful.
The life cycle of the Trailhead Colony of ants - from the first flight (from the nest of its birth) of the young female ant that would eventually become Trailhead Queen, her mating, her founding of the colony, its initial nurturing, its growth, & final decay following the death of the queen 20 years later.
- Alice Sheldon's "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death" (download): A Hugo & Nebula award winner that's also about insect-inspired life, though far more colorful.
Fact sheet.First published: The New Yorker, 25 January 2010.
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Added to my "best of 2010" list.
Related: Ants in fiction (& some non-fiction).