Social Insects: Ecology and Behavioural Biology

Social Insects: Ecology and Behavioural Biology

by M. V. Brian

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1983)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789400959170
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 01/19/2012
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1983
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 Food.- 2.1 Termites as decomposers.- 2.2 Wasps and ants as predators.- 2.3 Sugars as fuel save prey.- 2.4 Seed eaters.- 2.5 Leaf eaters.- 2.6 Pollen eaters.- 3 Foraging by individuals.- 3.1 Foraging strategy.- 3.2 Worker variability.- 4 Foraging in groups.- 4.1 Communication about food.- 4.2 Group slave-raiding.- 4.3 Tunnels and tracks.- 4.4 Nomadic foraging.- 5 Cavity nests and soil mounds.- 5.1 Cavities and burrows.- 5.2 Soil mounds.- 6 Nests of fibre, silk and wax.- 6.1 Mounds of vegetation and tree nests.- 6.2 Combs of cells.- 7 Microclimate.- 7.1 Environmental regulation.- 7.2 Metabolic regulation.- 8 Defence.- 8.1 Painful and paralysing injections.- 8.2 Toxic smears and repellants.- 9 Food processing.- 9.1 Mastication, extraction and regurgitation.- 9.2 Yolk food supplements.- 9.3 Head food glands.- 10 Early population growth.- 10.1 Food distribution.- 10.2 Colony foundation.- 10.3 The growth spurt.- 11 Maturation.- 11.1 Simple models of reproduction.- 11.2 Social control over caste.- 11.3 Males in social Hymenoptera.- 11.4 Maturation in general.- 12 Reproduction.- 12.1 Caste morphogenesis.- 12.2 Copulation and dispersal.- 12.3 Production.- 12.4 Summary.- 13 Evolution of insect societies.- 13.1 Theories of individual selection.- 13.2 Models of these theories.- 13.3 Group selection.- 13.4 Conclusions.- 14 Colonies.- 14.1 The colony barrier.- 14.2 Queen number and species ecology.- 14.3 Queen interaction and queen relatedness.- 15 Comparative ecology of congeneric species.- 15.1 Ant and termite races.- 15.2 Desert ants and termites.- 15.3 Ants and termites in grassland.- 15.4 Forest ants and termites.- 15.5 Wasps and bumblebees.- 15.6 Advanced bees.- 16 Communities.- 16.1 Temperate zone communities in grass and woodland.- 16.2 Desert communities.- 16.3 Tropical rain forest.- 16.4 Conclusions.- 17 Two themes.- 17.1 Plant mutualism.- 17.2 Social organization.- References.- Author index.

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