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Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Bees, Ants & Wasps (Hymenoptera)

The Evolution of Social Wasps

By: James H Hunt
259 pages, Figs
The Evolution of Social Wasps
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Social behavior occurs in some of the smallest animals as well as some the largest, and the transition from solitary life to sociality is an unsolved evolutionary mystery.

In The Evolution of Social Wasps, James H. Hunt examines social behavior in a single lineage of insects, wasps of the family Vespidae. He presents empirical knowledge of social wasps from two approaches, one that focuses on phylogeny and life history and one that focuses on individual ontogeny, colony development, and population dynamics. He also provides an extensive summary of the existing literature while demonstrating how it can be clouded by theory.

Hunt's fresh approach to the conflicting literature on sociality highlights how oft repeated models can become fixed in the thinking of the scientific community. Instead, Hunt presents a mechanistic scenario for the evolution of sociality in wasps that changes our perspective on kin selection, the paradigm that has dominated thinking about social evolution since the 1970s. This innovative new model integrates life history, nutrition, fitness and ecology in which social insect biologists will find a rich storehouse of ideas and information, and behavioral ecologists will find a bracing challenge to long accepted models.

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By: James H Hunt
259 pages, Figs
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"This is an important synthetic work, one that should be read by all students of animal behaviour and of related disciplines. The latter part of the book is most likely to generate controversy and is therefore of great general interest and importance." -- Sean O'Donnell, Animal Behaviour


"I am going to have to read it again to let it really sink in, but I felt as if thick iron chains had been lifted from my limbs when I finished. Freedom! ... The final section (especially) should be REQUIRED reading for all organismal biologists- training or senior."--Sean Odonnell, University ofWashington


"Advanced students, faculty, and wasp and bee researchers will find this appealing, enlightening, well-written book controversial but useful and interesting."--Choice


"A lifetime of research, hard thinking, and devotion to detail shine through Hunt's conversational style. The book is clear about many questions that remain unanswered, and will inspire both controversy and new syn

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