The Other Insect Societies

The Other Insect Societies

by James T. Costa
     
 

In his exploration of insect societies that don't fit the eusocial schema, James T. Costa gives these interesting phenomena their due. He synthesizes the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders. This wide-ranging tour takes a rich narrative… See more details below

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In his exploration of insect societies that don't fit the eusocial schema, James T. Costa gives these interesting phenomena their due. He synthesizes the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders. This wide-ranging tour takes a rich narrative approach that interweaves theory and data analysis with the behavior and ecology of these remarkable groups. This book is likely to inspire a new generation of naturalists to take a closer look.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021631
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Pages:
812
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : what's in a name?1
2The ecology of social evolution : lessons from the other insect societies16
3Dermaptera : earwig mothers49
4Orthoptera : Hooper herds and cricket families81
5Embiidina : the webspinners114
6Mantodea and phasmatodea : mantids and walkingsticks135
7Blattodea : cockroaches that care147
8Psocoptera and Zoraptera : barklice and angel insects193
9Hemiptera : sternorrhyncha : aphidoidea : samurai aphids215
10Hemiptera : auchenorrhyncha : treehopper herds245
11Hemiptera : heteroptera I : terrestrial bugs280
12Hemiptera : heteroptera II : aquatic bugs336
13Thysanoptera : communes and family fortresses364
14Coleoptera : beetle societies I : dung, rove, and carrion beetles and their allies401
15Coleoptera : beetle societies II : bark and ambrosia beetles and other weevils447
16Coleoptera : beetle societies III : leaf, fungus, carrion, darkling, and whirligig beetles and their allies483
17Lepidoptera : social caterpillars I : moths523
18Lepidoptera : social caterpillars II : more moths, and social butterflies576
19Hymenoptera : symphyta : sawfly societies631
20Other social arthropods : arachnids, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans667
Coda : sociality in an Appalachian spring717

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