The Physiology of Insecta - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780125916035, 9781483266527

The Physiology of Insecta

2nd Edition

Volume III

Editors: Morris Rockstein
eBook ISBN: 9781483266527
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1974
Page Count: 536
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The Physiology of Insecta, Second Edition, Volume III, is part of a multivolume treatise that brings together the known facts, the controversial material, and the many still unsolved and unsettled problems of insect physiology. Since the first edition of this multivolume treatise was published, there has been a notable expansion of scientific endeavor in each of the various aspects of insect physiology. The original three-volume work has now grown to a thoroughly revised six-volume treatise. The book contains seven chapters that focus on the impact of environmental factors on the physiology of insects. The first chapter discusses insect behavior, including habitat selection, reproduction, orientation in space and time, motivation, and learning. This is followed by separate chapters on social life and mutual communication, insect pheromones, migration, mechanisms of locomotion in land and in water, and the physiology of flight.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Preface to First Edition

Contents of Other Volumes

Part A—The Insect and the External Environment. II. Reaction and Interaction

Chapter 1. Insect Behavior: Functions and Mechanisms

I. Introduction

II. Analysis of Functions

III. Analysis of Mechanisms

IV. Conclusion


Chapter 2. Social Behavior and Mutual Communication

I. Introduction

II. Forms of Social Life

III. The Organization of Higher Social Communities of Insects

IV. Mutual Communication

V. Communication in the Search for Food

VI. Communication by Means of Dances in the Search for a New Nesting Place

VII. Evolutionary Aspects


Chapter 3. Insect Pheromones

I. Introduction

II. Sex Pheromones

III. Aggregation Pheromones

IV. Alarm Pheromones

V. Trail-Marking Pheromones

VI. Pheromones Controlling Sexual Maturity

VII. Pheromones Controlling Queen Rearing


Part B—The Insect and the External Environment. III. Locomotion

Chapter 4. Insect Migration: Aspects of Its Physiology

I. Introduction

II. Exodus from the Breeding Site

III. Migratory Flight

IV. Orientation during Migration

V. Migrants and Polymorphism of the Flight Apparatus

VI. Conclusion


Chapter 5. Locomotion: Terrestrial

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Performance

IV. Walking and Running

V. Jumping

VI. Crawling


Chapter 6. Locomotion: Mechanics and Hydrodynamics of Swimming in Aquatic Insects

I. Introduction

II. The Body Shape of Dytiscidae and Gyrinidae

III. The Rowing Mechanism of Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae, and Corixidae

IV. The Rowing Mechanism of Other Aquatic Insects

V. The Propulsion System of Narrowing Aquatic Insects


Chapter 7. Locomotion: Flight

I. Introduction

II. Structure and Mechanical Properties of the Pterothorax

III. The Flight Motor

IV. Flight Characteristics

V. The Control of Flight

VI. The Flight Muscles


Author Index

Subject Index


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