The Insect Societies / Edition 1

The Insect Societies / Edition 1

by Edward O. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674454952

ISBN-13: 9780674454958

Pub. Date: 01/28/1971

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This book is a work of major importance for the development of environmental and behavioral biology; it covers the classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects--ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Mr. Wilson reinterprets the knowledge of these insects through the concepts of modern biology, from biochemistry to

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This book is a work of major importance for the development of environmental and behavioral biology; it covers the classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects--ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Mr. Wilson reinterprets the knowledge of these insects through the concepts of modern biology, from biochemistry to evolutionary theory and population ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674454958
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1971
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
562
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 10.01(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment

Introduction: The Importance of Social Insects

2. The Degrees of Social Behavior

3. The Social Wasps

4. The Ants

5. The Social Bees

6. The Termites

7. The Presocial Insects

8. Caste: Ants

9. Caste: Social Bees and Wasps

10. Caste: Termites

11. The Elements of Behavior

12. Communication: Alarm and Assembly

13. Communication: Recruitment

14. Communication: Recognition, Food Exchange, and Grooming

15. Group Effects and the Control of Nestmates

16. Social Homeostasis and the Superorganism

17. The Genetic Theory of Social Behavior

18. Compromise and Optimization in Social Evolution

19. Symbioses among Social Insects

20. Symbioses with Other Arthropods

21. The Population Dynamics of Colonies

22. The Prospect for a Unified Sociobiology

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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