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THE OTHER INSECT SOCIETIES


By COSTA, JAMES T. (Author)
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Price : $72.00  
ISBN : 9780674021631  
Dimension : 6.4 x 2 x 10 inch    Page : 812
Year of Publication : 2006    Edition : 1
Publisher : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : BIOLOGY




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Asked to name an insect society, most of us�whether casual or professional students of nature�quickly point to one of the so-called eusocial marvels: the ant colony, the beehive, the termite mound, the wasp nest. Each is awe-inspiring in its division of labor�collective defense, foraging, and nestbuilding. Yet E. O. Wilson cautioned back in 1971 that sociality should be defined more broadly, �in order to prevent the arbitrary exclusion of many interesting phenomena.� Thirty-five years later, James T. Costa gives those interesting phenomena their due. He argues that, in trying to solve the puzzle of how highly eusocial behaviors evolved in a few insect orders, evolutionary biologists have neglected the more diverse social arrangements in the remaining twenty-eight orders�insect societies that don�t fit the eusocial schema. Costa synthesizes here for the first time 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 comprehensive treatment is likely to inspire a new generation of naturalists to take a closer look.



James T. Costa is Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station and is Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University.



Content :

  • Foreword by Bert H�lldobler
  • Commentary by Edward O. Wilson
    • 1. Introduction: What�s in a Name?
    • 2. The Ecology of Social Evolution: Lessons from the Other Insect Societies
  • Orthopteroidea
    • 3. Dermaptera: Earwig Mothers
    • 4. Orthoptera: Hopper Herds and Cricket Families
    • 5. Embiidina: The Webspinners
    • 6. Mantodea and Phasmatodea: Mantids and Walkingsticks
    • 7. Blattodea: Cockroaches That Care
    • 8. Psocoptera and Zoraptera: Barklice and Angel Insects
  • Hemipteroidea
    • 9. Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Aphidoidea: Samurai Aphids
    • 10. Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Treehopper Herds
    • 11. Hemiptera: Heteroptera I: Terrestrial Bugs
    • 12. Hemiptera: Heteroptera II: Aquatic Bugs
    • 13. Thysanoptera: Communes and Family Fortresses
  • Neuropteroidea
    • 14. Coleoptera: Beetle Societies I: Dung, Rove, and Carrion Beetles and Their Allies
    • 15. Coleoptera: Beetle Societies II: Bark and Ambrosia Beetles and Other Weevils
    • 16. Coleoptera: Beetle Societies III: Leaf, Fungus, Carrion, Darkling, and Whirligig Beetles and Their Allies
  • Panorpoidea
    • 17. Lepidoptera: Social Caterpillars I: Moths
    • 18. Lepidoptera: Social Caterpillars II: More Moths, and Social Butterflies
  • Hymenopteroidea
    • 19. Hymenoptera: Symphyta: Sawfly Societies
  • Noninsect Arthropods
    • 20. Other Social Arthropods: Arachnids, Centipedes, Millipedes, and Crustaceans
  • Coda: Sociality in an Appalachian Spring
  • Illustration Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Taxonomic Index
  • Subject Index
  • Author Index
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