Comparative Psychology of Invertebrates: The Field and Laboratory Study of Insect Behavior

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A presentation of research in insect behavior focusing on the theoretical writing and experiments of researcher T.C. Scheirla with an emphasis on the significance of comparative psychology on evolutionary biology. The 12 essays consider topics in the comparative study of behavioral evolution and development, field research into the social organization of ants, and social parasitism in ants. Two of the papers are first translations from Russian. Includes a species index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Preface
The Role of Controversy in Animal Behavior 3
Grades, Levels and Ratchets in Evolution 39
Where Have I Heard It All Before - Some Neglected Issues of Invertebrate Learning 55
Macroevolution of a Fixed Action Pattern for Learning - The Exploration Flights of Bees and Wasps 79
Desert Ants - Their Evolution and Contemporary Characteristics 101
Task Allocation and Interaction Rates in Social Insect Colonies 125
Division of Labor in Social Insect Colonies: Self-Organization and Recent Revelations Regarding Age, Size and Genetic Differences 135
Ecology, Colony Demography, and Social Organization in Ants 157
Adaptation for Social Parasitism in the Slave-Making Ant Genus Polyergus 177
The Role of Workers and Queens in the Colony-Member Recognition Systems of Ants: Are There Any Differences that Predispose Some Kinds of Ants to Social Parasitism? 193
The Problem of Measuring Associative Learning in Drosophila melanogaster with Proper Procedures to Control for Nonassociative Effects 223
Pseudostinging Behavior of the Harvester Ant Messor sanctus Forel as a Response to Novelty 245
Contributors 277
Species Index 279
Name Index 283
Subject Index 287
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