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The Insect Societies

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$155.50 • £124.95 • €140.00

ISBN 9780674454903

Publication Date: 01/01/1971


562 pages

8-1/2 x 10 inches

32 halftones, 471 line illustrations, 2 maps, 38 tables

Belknap Press


  • Acknowledgment
  • 1. Introduction: The Importance of Social Insects
  • 2. The Degrees of Social Behavior
  • 3. The Social Wasps
  • 4. The Ants
  • 5. The Social Bees
  • 6. The Termites
  • 7. The Presocial Insects
  • 8. Caste: Ants
  • 9. Caste: Social Bees and Wasps
  • 10. Caste: Termites
  • 11. The Elements of Behavior
  • 12. Communication: Alarm and Assembly
  • 13. Communication: Recruitment
  • 14. Communication: Recognition, Food Exchange, and Grooming
  • 15. Group Effects and the Control of Nestmates
  • 16. Social Homeostasis and the Superorganism
  • 17. The Genetic Theory of Social Behavior
  • 18. Compromise and Optimization in Social Evolution
  • 19. Symbioses among Social Insects
  • 20. Symbioses with Other Arthropods
  • 21. The Population Dynamics of Colonies
  • 22. The Prospect for a Unified Sociobiology
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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