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Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Insects: General

Courtship and Mate-Finding in Insects A Comparative Approach

By: Raymond JC Cannon(Author)
624 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Courtship and Mate-Finding in Insects
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  • Courtship and Mate-Finding in Insects ISBN: 9781789248609 Hardback Aug 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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This book explores mate-finding and courtship behaviour in the insect world, in all its subtlety and diversity.

Insects engage in courtship as much, or as little, as any other animal; they have songs and dances, and all manner of instruments and ornaments to attract and court the opposite sex. Insects have evolved complex chemical and acoustic communication systems, sending fragrant messages, visual signals and subtle vibrations to attract and persuade. Insects also have many different ways and means of choosing or rejecting mating partners.

This beautifully illustrated book shows the incredible variety of courtship behaviours and celebrates the wonderful natural history of a wide range of insects. Varieties of courtship can occur before, during and even after copulation, and numerous examples of the different mating strategies used are presented.

As well as being fascinating and entertaining, studying courtship is also useful. For example, a knowledge of the courtship and mating behaviour of important pests helps researchers understand the dynamics of mate choice and sexual selection. Knowing which behaviours are directly related with mating success can be used to improve behaviour-based control strategies and improve sterile insect techniques. Knowledge of sex pheromones, and mating behaviour, can be combined to manage insect pests by mass or mating disruption.

By studying model species – such as the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster – researchers have discovered how genes control and influence courtship behaviour, via proteins, biochemical pathways and neural circuits. Courtship and Mate-Finding in Insects integrates these diverse fields into a framework constructed around courtship and mate-finding, bringing together studies from the laboratory and the field.

This landmark volume will be of interest to students of biology, entomologists, naturalists and anyone with a desire to know more about the love lives of the small creatures with which we share the planet.

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Prior to his retirement in 2012, Ray Cannon was Principal Scientific Officer at the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) in York, UK, providing advice and guidance on alien, invasive pests, to the UK government. He also carried out research on plant health issues, pest control, invasive pests, climate change, and the use of microbial insecticides. His education was at Imperial College (BSc) and Cranfield University (PhD). Ray's interests are writing, blogging, painting and photography.

By: Raymond JC Cannon(Author)
624 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: CABI Publishing
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