Insect Behavior / Edition 2

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Overview

This book offers a comprehensive overview of fundamental concepts of animal behavior as they relate to insects. Considerably updated and expanded, this new edition includes 26 case studies, as well as 45 new color plates and 173 figures (over 40% of them new) with detailed legends that add richness to the well-written, accessible text.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From the reviews of the second edition:

“This highly anticipated second edition … is a very complete review of animal behavior concepts related to insects. … The book includes 28 detailed case studies that explore several specific situations (laboratory and/or field research), along with the methodology used. … contains 173 black-and-white figures and 45 color plates. The Matthews’ highly didactic writing style makes this book useful to researchers, students, and even laypersons interested in the topic. … Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries.” (J. M. Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)

“For anyone studying or interested in animal behaviour or insects, this is a must-have reference book. … Each chapter is … split into sub-divisions that help locate relevant information quickly. … Numerous case studies include a handful new to this edition, focusing on research relevant to the associated text. … As a comprehensive reference book, I would recommend this text to teachers and undergraduates in the field of animal biology, ecology, entomology and anyone interested in insects or animal behaviour.” (Janet Preece, The Biologist, Vol. 58 (2), 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048123889
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. Matthews is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia. An insect behavior specialist, his scientific publications number over 165 research articles. Janice R. Matthews is a writer and educator with a broad background in the biological sciences. The two scientists have collaborated in entomological field studies in Australia, South and Central America, and the U.S.A. and have co-authored a number of technical and popular articles and books. They have six grown children and a Labradoodle.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE. I. THE HISTORY AND SCOPE OF INSECT BEHAVIOR. 1.1.INTRODUCTION. 1. 2. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS. 1. 3. PHYLOGENY’S ROLE. 1.4. QUESTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES. II. PROGRAMMING AND INTEGRATING BEHAVIOR. 2.1. INTRODUCTION. 2.2. NERVE-BASED COORDINATION. 2.3. LIFE IN A STIMULUS-RICH WORLD. 2.4. HORMONE-BASED COORDINATION. III. SPATIAL ADJUSTMENT. 3.1. INTRODUCTION. 3.2. LOCOMOTION. 3.3. ORIENTATION. 3.4. THERMOREGULATION. 3.5. MIGRATION. IV. FORAGING AND FEEDING. 4.1. INTRODUCTION. 4.2. FORAGING STRATEGIES. 4.3. COEVOLUTION AND THE ARMS RACE. 4.4. FEEDING AS A COMMUNAL ACTIVITY. V. DEFENSE: A SURVIVAL CATALOGUE. 5.1. INTRODUCTION. 5.2. DEFENSE MESSAGES. 5.3. PASSIVE MESSAGES. 5.4. ACTIVE MESSAGES. VI. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATION. 6.1. INTRODUCTION. 6.2. MECHANISMS OF CHEMICAL COMMUNICATION. 6.3. THE FUNCTIONS OF CHEMICAL COMMUNICATION. 6.4. THE INFORMATION CONTENT OF PHEROMONES. 6.5. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATION AND INSECT CONTROL. VII. VISUAL COMMUNICATION. 7.1. INTRODUCTION. 7.2. BIOLUMINESCENCE. 7.3. LIGHT RECEPTION. 7.4. FUNCTIONS OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION. VIII. MECHANOCOMMUNICATION. 8.1. INTRODUCTION. 8.2. PRODUCING AND SENDING SIGNALS. 8.3. RECEIVING SIGNALS. 8.4. THE ACOUSTIC CHANNEL. 8.5 . FUNCTIONS OF INSECT COMMUNICATIVE SOUNDS. IX. REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR. 9.1. INTRODUCTION. 9.2. COURTSHIP AND MATING. 9.3. COURTSHIP AND CONFLICT. 9.4. MATING SYSTEMS AND PARENTAL INVESTMENT. 9.5. OVIPOSITION BEHAVIOR. X. PARENTAL BEHAVIORS AND SOCIAL LIFE. 10.1. INTRODUCTION. 10.2. SOCIAL ORGANIZATION. 10.3. THE INSECT SOCIAL REGISTER. 10.4. IMPLICATIONS AND CORRELATES OF SOCIAL LIFE. CREDITS. INDEX

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