456 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
An in-depth survey of most areas of research on the genus Polistes, which have played a key role in studies and theories of social evolution. This book is unusual in combining synthetic reviews and new, unpublished data with original ideas reaching far beyond the particular group focused on to topics of interest for evolutionary biologists and ethologists. Most major areas of research on the paper-wasps are covered - from syntheses of taxonomy and phylogeny, natural history (nesting behaviour, social organisation, orientation, and natural enemies) to topics of general theoretical interest such as the evolution of cooperation, social parasitism, kin recognition, and the division of labour.
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