Social Insects V2 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123422026, 9780323147828

Social Insects V2

1st Edition

Editors: Henry Hermani
eBook ISBN: 9780323147828
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 506
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Social Insects, Volume II is essentially a continuation and review of topics covered in Volume I. The main focus of this volume is on the systematic of eusocial hymenoptera and the closely associated realms of presocial insects and social non-insectan arthropods.
Consisting of five major chapters, this volume starts with the chapter on the enemies and defense mechanisms of termites. Several mechanisms are discussed in this chapter, such as defense by the nest, workers, and soldiers. Chapter 3 focuses on presocial insects and a comparison of parental care without nests and based on nests. Chapter 4 discusses the sociality of Arachnida and emphasizes the patterns and evolution of sociality in Arachnida, particularly spiders. Two chapters discuss the social hymenoptera, including its defensive mechanisms and its systematics.
This volume will be of great help to students and professionals in the field of entomology, biology, and zoology.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Contents of Other Volumes

1. The Enemies and Defense Mechanisms of Termites

I. Introduction

II. Termite Enemies

III. Defense by the Nest

IV. Defense by Larvae, Nymphs, and Reproductives

V. Defense by Workers

VI. Defense by Soldiers

VII. Integrated Defense

VIII. Summary and Conclusions


2. Defensive Mechanisms in the Social Hymenoptera

I. Defensive Behavior

II. Anatomy, Chemistry, and Function of Venom Apparatus in Social Hymenoptera

Appendix A: Explanation of Figure Abbreviations

Appendix B: Glossary of Defensive Behavioral Terms

Associated with Social Hymenoptera


3. Presocial Insects

I. Introduction

II. Aggregations

III. Parental Care Without Nests

IV. Parental Care Based on Nests

V. Reproductive Castes in Hymenoptera


4. Sociality in the Arachnida

I. Introduction

II. Criteria and Characteristics of Social Animals

III. A Systematic Survey of Social Phenonema in the Arachnida

IV. Patterns of Sociality in Arachnida

V. Evolution of Sociality in Spiders

VI. Prospectus for Future Work


5. Systematics of Social Hymenoptera

I. Introduction

II. Historical Resume

III. Methods

IV. Family Formicidae

V. Family Vespidae

VI. Family Sphecidae

VII. The Bees (Apiformes)

VIII. Eusocial Halictidae

IX. Eusocial Anthophoridae

X. Family Apidae




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