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The Insect Societies

Wilson, Edward O. (Book - 1971)
The Insect Societies
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"This first comprehensive study of social insects since the 1930s includes more than 250 illustrations and covers all aspects of classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects-the ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Since the publication of W.M. Wheeler's "The Social Insects" in 1928 and Franz Maidl's "Die Lebensgewohnheiten und Instinkte der staatenbildenden Insekten" in 1934, the literature on social insects has increased enormously and entirely new ways of studying insect societies have developed. Mr. Wilson reinterprets here the knowledge on the subject through the concepts of modern biology-from biochemistry to evolutionary theory and population ecology. He reviews the evolution of parental care and other primitive forms of social behavior throughout the arthropods and investigates various forms of symbiosis between the social insects and other anthropods. He also compares insect and vertebrate societies in basic theoretical terms, showing how unified sociobiology is possible if developed as a branch of population biology"--Jacket. A study of insect sociology, presenting individual investigations of wasps, ants, bees, and termites, and discussing caste, behavior, communication, symbioses, and other topics.
Authors: Wilson, Edward O.
Title: The insect societies
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971
Characteristics: x, 548 pages :,illustrations ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Edward O. Wilson
Contents: Introduction: the importance of social insects
The degrees of social behavior
The social wasps
The ants
The social bees
The termites
The presocial insects
Caste: ants
Caste: social bees and wasps
Caste: termites
The elements of behavior
Communication: alarm and assembly
Communication: recruitment
Communication: recognition, food exchange, and grooming
Group effects and the control of nestmates
Social homeostasis and the superorganism
The genetic theory of social behavior
Compromise and optimization of social evolution
Symbiosis among social insects
Symbiosis with other arthropods
The population dynamics of colonies
The prospect for a unified sociobiology
Summary: "This first comprehensive study of social insects since the 1930s includes more than 250 illustrations and covers all aspects of classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects-the ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Since the publication of W.M. Wheeler's "The Social Insects" in 1928 and Franz Maidl's "Die Lebensgewohnheiten und Instinkte der staatenbildenden Insekten" in 1934, the literature on social insects has increased enormously and entirely new ways of studying insect societies have developed. Mr. Wilson reinterprets here the knowledge on the subject through the concepts of modern biology-from biochemistry to evolutionary theory and population ecology. He reviews the evolution of parental care and other primitive forms of social behavior throughout the arthropods and investigates various forms of symbiosis between the social insects and other anthropods. He also compares insect and vertebrate societies in basic theoretical terms, showing how unified sociobiology is possible if developed as a branch of population biology"--Jacket.
A study of insect sociology, presenting individual investigations of wasps, ants, bees, and termites, and discussing caste, behavior, communication, symbioses, and other topics.
ISBN: 9780674454958
0674454952
9780674454903
0674454901
Branch Call Number: 595.7 W74i
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 473-527) and index
Subject Headings: Insect societies
Topical Term: Insect societies
LCCN: 74148941
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