Social Insects V2

Social Insects V2

1st Edition - January 28, 1979

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  • Editor: Henry Hermani
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147828

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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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 506
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1979
  • Published: January 28, 1979
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147828

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Henry Hermani

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