Pheromone Communication in Social Insects: Ants, Wasps, Bees, and Termites

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Characteristically, social insects rely heavily on behavioral mechanisms and associated pheromonal chemistry to maintain their sociality and to successfully function as a colony unit. Bringing together for the first time prominent researchers in social insect pheromone communication, including nestmate recognition, this book looks at ants, wasps, bees, and termites, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence among these groups, and identifying areas that need further investigation. Presenting broad ...

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Characteristically, social insects rely heavily on behavioral mechanisms and associated pheromonal chemistry to maintain their sociality and to successfully function as a colony unit. Bringing together for the first time prominent researchers in social insect pheromone communication, including nestmate recognition, this book looks at ants, wasps, bees, and termites, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence among these groups, and identifying areas that need further investigation. Presenting broad synthetic overviews as well as species-specific studies, the volume will be useful to natural scientists, ecologists, and those interested in pest management, as well as to anyone interested in the fascinating chemically mediated behavioral interactions of social insects.

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Contains papers from two symposia held at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Dallas, Texas, in December 1994, plus other papers, dealing with the chemistry of kin and nestmate recognition in social insects and with pheromonal communication in social insects. Presents biochemical, physiological, anatomical, and behavioral studies in sections on sources and secretions, nestmate recognition in social insects, and social insect releaser and primer pheromones. For natural scientists, ecologists, and those interested in pest management. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Robert K. Vander Meer is a research chemist with the USDA/ARS. Michael D. Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. Karl E. Espelie is professor of entomology at the University of Georgia at Athens. Robert K. Vander Meer is a research chemist with the USDA/ARS. Michael D. Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. Karl E. Espelie is professor of entomology at the University of Georgia at Athens. Robert K. Vander Meer is a research chemist with the USDA/ARS. Michael D. Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. Karl E. Espelie is professor of entomology at the University of Georgia at Athens. Robert K. Vander Meer is a research chemist with the USDA/ARS. Michael D. Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. Karl E. Espelie is professor of entomology at the University of Georgia at Athens.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Introduction: Sources and Secretions
1 Pheromone Communication in Social Insects: Sources and Secretions 3
2 The Cuticle and Cuticular Hydrocarbons of Insects: Structure, Function, and Biochemistry 34
Pt. 2 Nestmate Recognition in Social Insects
3 Chemical Cues in Kin Recognition: Criteria for Identification, Experimental Approaches, and the Honey Bee as an Example 57
4 Nestmate Recognition in Ants 79
5 Nest and Nestmate Discrimination in Independent-Founding Paper Wasps 104
6 Nestmate Recognition in Termites 126
Pt. 3 Social Insect Releaser Pheromones
7 Pheromone Directed Behavior in Ants 159
8 Releaser Pheromones in Termites 193
9 Chemical Communication in Social Wasps 216
10 Exocrine Glands and Their Products in Non-Apis Bees: Chemical, Functional and Evolutionary Perspectives 236
11 Mass Action in Honey Bees: Alarm, Swarming and the Role of Releaser Pheromones 257
Pt. 4 Social Insect Primer Pheromones
12 Primer Pheromones in Ants 293
13 Primer Pheromones and Possible Soldier Caste Influence on the Evolution of Sociality in Lower Termites 314
14 Royal Flavours: Honey Bee Queen Pheromones 331
List of Contributors 345
Author Index 347
Taxonomic Index 353
Subject Index 358
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