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Social Insects, Volume I is a part of a four-volume discourse and collection of research on insect sociobiology. This volume covers the “modern theory” with certain concepts of insect sociality, particularly through genetic, behavioral, and evolutionary pathways.
This book consists of eight chapters, which mostly deal with the sociality of insects and other aspects. The first chapter provides an introduction to the subject of insect sociality. Topics in this chapter include definition of sociality, types of social insects, and insect sociobiology. The next chapter focuses on the origin and evolution of insect sociality and discusses the theories of origin of sociality.
The following chapters discuss the aspects of social insects in terms of antiquity and territoriality. Caste differentiation and division of labor is also emphasized, as well as the genetics of sociality. The last two chapters deal with the larvae of the social hymenoptera and the social and evolutionary significance of social insect symbionts. This volume is a good reference for students and teachers in the study of entomology, zoology, and biology.
List of Contributors
Contents of Other Volumes
1. Insect Sociality—An Introduction
I. Studies of Social Behavior
II. Sociality Defined
III. Types of Social Insects
IV. Insect Sociobiology—Modern Treatise
V. Superorganismic Concept
VI. The Concept of Social Traits
2. Origin and Evolution of Insect Sociality: A Review of Modern Theory
II. Theories on the Origin of Sociality
III. Special Questions
IV. Conclusion—State of the Science
3. Antiquity of Sociality in Insects
II. Presocial Insects
III. Eusocial Insects
4. Territoriality in Social Insects
5. Caste Differentiation and Division of Labor
II. Vespine Wasps
III. Polybiine and Polistine Wasps
IV. Higher Bees
V. Lower Bees
VI. Higher Ants
VII. Primitive Ants
VIII. Higher Termites
IX. Lower Termites
6. Genetics of Sociality
I. Genetic Systems of Eusocial Insects
II. Genetic Insights into the Evolution of Eusociality
III. The Genetic Impact of Eusociality on Life Patterns
7. Larvae of the Social Hymenoptera
VII. Taxonomic Conclusions
VIII. Importance of Larvae
8. Social and Evolutionary Significance of Social Insect Symbionts
II. Integrating Mechanisms
III. Coevolution or Resource Tracking?
IV. General Conclusion and Summary
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- © Academic Press 1979
- 28th January 1979
- Academic Press
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