The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior

The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior

by Howard E. Evans, Kevin M. O'Neill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674024621

ISBN-13: 9780674024625

Pub. Date: 05/30/2007

Publisher: Harvard

Howard Ensign Evans was a brilliant ethologist and systematist for whom the joy of science included lying on his belly in some remote location, digging out and diagramming a wasp’s nest. During his career, Evans described over 900 species and authored more than a dozen books, both technical and popular, on a wide range of entomological and natural history

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Howard Ensign Evans was a brilliant ethologist and systematist for whom the joy of science included lying on his belly in some remote location, digging out and diagramming a wasp’s nest. During his career, Evans described over 900 species and authored more than a dozen books, both technical and popular, on a wide range of entomological and natural history subjects. Upon his death in 2002, he left behind an unfinished manuscript, intended as an update (though not a revision) of his classic 1966 work, The Comparative Ethology and Evolution of the Sand Wasps. Kevin O’Neill, Evans’s former student and coauthor, has completed and enlarged Evans’s manuscript to provide coverage of all sand-wasp tribes in Evan’s earlier book. The result is a tribe-by-tribe, species-by-species review of studies of the Bembicinae that have appeared over the last four decades.

The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior already has been hailed by specialists as a new bible for those working on solitary wasps and an essential reference for scientists more broadly interested in insect behavioral evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024625
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/30/2007
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mary Alice Evans

Preface

1. Introduction

A Sand Wasp Sojourn

Sand Wasp Natural History¹/¹Sand Wasp Science

Sand Wasp Classification: A Short Course

Biology of the Bembicinae: A Primer

2. Cool Wasps of the Alyssontini

Alysson

Overview of the Tribe Alyssontini

3. Cicada and Hopper Hunters of the Gorytini

Clitemnestra

Exeirus

Sphecius

Tanyoprymnus

Ammatomus

Argogorytes

Harpactus

Trichogorytes

Austrogorytes

Gorytes

Pseudoplisus

Lestiphorus

Liogorytes

Hoplisoides

Sagenista

Overview of the Tribe Gorytini

4. Brood Parasites of the Nyssonini

Nysson

Acanthostethus

Zanysson

Overview of the Tribe Nyssonini

5. Stizini: A Mixed Tribe of Hopper Hunters and Brood Parasites

Stizus

Stizoides

Bembecinus

6. Bembicini: The Diverse New World Genera

Bicyrtes

Microbembex

Hemidula

Rubrica

Selman

Stictia

Editha

Trichostictia

Zyzzyx

Stictiella

Microstictia

Glenostictia

Xerostictia

Steniolia

7. Bembicini: The Cosmopolitan Genus Bembix

Nearctic Bembix

Neotropical Bembix

Palearctic Bembix

Oriental Bembix

Afrotropical Bembix

Australasian Bembix

Overview of Bembix

8. Comparative Ethology of Sand Wasps

Habitat

Nesting Substrate

Nest Dispersion: Causes and Consequences

Interspecific Nesting Associations

Nest Construction

Orientation and Homing

Oviposition and Provisioning

Estimates of Lifetime Reproductive Success

Prey Type

Measuring Prey Diversity

Hunting and Prey Paralysis

Prey Carriage

Feeding by Adults

Brood Parasitic Bembicinae

Natural Enemies

Male Behavior

Sleeping

Sand Wasp Conservation

Appendix: Research Wish List

References

Index

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