Natural History and Evolution of Paper-Wasps

Hardcover | September 1, 1991

EditorStefano Turillazzi, Mary Jane West-Eberhard

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The diversity of social behaviour among birds and primates is surpassed only by members of the Hymenopteran insects (bees, ants, and wasps). The paper-wasps are a large and varied group, and have been studied extensively by a wide range of biologists interested in the evolution of sociality. This book is unusual in combining synthetic reviews and new, unpublished data with original ideas.

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The diversity of social behaviour among birds and primates is surpassed only by members of the Hymenopteran insects (bees, ants, and wasps). The paper-wasps are a large and varied group, and have been studied extensively by a wide range of biologists interested in the evolution of sociality. This book is unusual in combining syntheti...

Stefano Turillazzi is at University of Florence. Mary Jane West-Eberhard is at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:414 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:September 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Polistes: analysis of a society2. Phylogeny and biogeography of Polistes3. Learning, individual programs, and higher-level rules in construction of behaviour of Polistes4. Ecological factors influencing the colony cycle of Polistes5. Social parsitism and its evolution in Polistes6. Lek-like courtship in paper-wasps; 'a prolonged, delicate, and troublesome affair'7. Homing in paper wasps8. The evolution of exocrine gland function in wasps9. Kin recognition in social waps10. The role of cuticular hydrocarbons in social insects: is it the same in paper wasps?11. Selective altruism towards closer over more distant relatives in colonies of the primitively eusocial wasp, Polistes12. Behavioural screening and the evolution of polygyny in paper wasps13. The origin and maintenance of eusociality: the advantage of extended parental care14. Polistes in perspective: comparative social biology and evolution in Belanogaster and Stenogastrinae15. The evolution of eusociality, including a review of the social status of Ropalidia marignata16. Wasps make nests: nests make conditions17. Wasp societies as microcosms for the study of development and evolution18. Some epistemological reflections on Polistes as a model organismsReferences

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`The editors have used the specific conditions of Proceedings to great advantage: they retained the interesting speculations that might not be accepted in a journal. The wealth of stimulating hypotheses will certainly provoke new directions of research not only in the study of polistine wasps,but social insects in general.'I. Hodek, Eur. J. Entomol. 95:8 1998