This book provides updated information on this intriguing and exciting group of insects: Neotropical Social Wasps. These insects have a particular biology and their colonies are formed by a few cooperative females living in either small or massive, structured nests where stinging individuals organize their activities and defend their offspring. Topics include evolutionary aspects, biogeography, post-embryonic development, community behavior and ecology, economic importance, and research methods.
Fábio Santos Nascimento: bachelor in Biological Sciences (1997) and master in Zoology at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (1998). PhD. in Entomology at the Universidade de São Paulo (2003). Post-doctoral experience at the University of Sheffield (2005) and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University (2013). Since 2009 is Associate Professor of Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto campus. Experience in Behavioral Ecology, focusing on Sociobiology, focusing on the following subjects: Chemical Ecology, Reproductive Conflict and its Resolution, social insects.
Fábio Prezoto: bachelor's in Biological Sciences at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (1993), master's in Zoology at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (1997) and PhD in Zoology at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2001). Experience in Zoology, focusing on Zoology, a specialist in the following subjects: behaviour, ecology, social wasp, behavioural ecology and foraging behaviour. Full Professor of Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora and Coordinator of the Graduate program of Animal Behavior.
Bruno Corrêa Barbosa: Post-doctoral experience at the University of Juiz de Fora (2019). PhD. in Ecology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (2019), master in Zoology (2015) and bachelor in Biological Sciences (2012). Experience in the Zoology and Ecology with a focus on animal behaviour, community ecology and ecological interactions of social wasps.
Alexandre Somavilla: Post-doctorate in progress at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA); PhD in Biological Sciences, area of concentration in Entomology at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) (2016), with an Internship at the American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA) (2015-2016); Master's degree in Biological Sciences, area of concentration in Entomology, at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) (2012) and graduation at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (2009). He has experience in the area of Zoology and Ecology, with an emphasis on Entomology, which has worked with Diversity of Social Wasps of the Amazon and systematics of wasps using morphological and molecular data.