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Many insects and arachnids are termed social because they exhibit forms of complex behaviour that involve cooperation in nest building, defending against attackers or rearing offspring. How, though, did cooperation evolve in so many different places? This book provides a comprehensive account of social behaviour in a wide array of insects and arachnids, and tests theories related to its evolution.
Introduction; 1. Are behavioural classifications blinders to natural variation?; 2. Life beneath silk walls: a review of the primitively social Embiidina; 3. Post-ovulation parental investment and parental care in cockroaches; 4. The spectrum of eusociality in termites; 5. Maternal care in the Hemiptera: ancestry, alternatives and current adaptive value; 6. Evolution of parental care in the giant water bugs (Heteroptera: Bolostomatidae); 7. The evolution of sociality in aphids: a clone's eye view; 8. Ecology and evolution of social behaviour among Australian gall thrips; 9. Interactions among males, females and offspring in bark and ambrosia beetles: the significance of living in holes for the evolution of social behaviour; 10. Biparental care and social evolution in burying beetles: lessons from the larder; 11. Subsocial behaviour in Scarabaeiinae; 12. Evolution of social behaviour in Passalidae (Coleoptera); 13. The evolution of social behaviour in the Augochlorine bees (Hymenoptera: Halicitidae) based on a phylogenetic analysis of the data; 14. Demography and sociality in halictine bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae); 15. Behavioural environments of sweat bees (Halictinae) and variability in social organization; 16. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with social evolution in allodapine bees; 17. Cooperative breeding in wasps and vertebrates: the role of ecological constraints; 18. Morphologically 'primitive' ants: comparative review of social characters, and the importance of queen-worker dimorphism; 19. Social conflict and cooperation among founding queens in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae); 20. Social evolution in the lepidoptera: ecological context and communication in larval societies; 21. Sociality and kin selection in Acari; 22. Colonial web-building spiders: balancing the costs and benefits of group living; 23. Causes and consequences of cooperation and permanent-sociality in spiders; 24. Evolution and explanation of social systems; Index.
'Possessing these two handsomely produced volumes is like possessing Aladdin's magic lamp ...You may take your pick - from parental care in cockroaches to sex among cannibals in jumping spiders ... it's an endless menu!' Raghavendra Gadagkar, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'Choe and Crespi have succeeded in providing an exceptional addition to the literature on social behavior in insects and arachnids. To my knowledge this book is the first of its kind to focus completely on the evolution of social systems in invertebrates ... a comprehensive volume that reviews the current literature and provides insightful new questions that probe the evolution of social behavior in insects and arachnids.' John Melville, Northwest Science '... an exceptional book packed with scholarship, insights and arthropod wonders ... fascinating ... splendidly thought provoking and hence in the best sense intellectually entertaining ... of considerable scientific value in terms of the breadth of its scope, the wealth of empirical findings and the careful evaluation of this ... so well written, skilfully packed with delightful examples that it should also be a source of pleasure to almost every ecological entomologist.' Ecological Entomology