Behaviour and Social Evolution of Wasps - the communal aggregation hypothesis

By: Ito, Yosiaki

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A few illustrations within the text, small slim octavo, pp viii, 159, paperback, a very good copy. [In this book, Itô presents data on tropical wasps which suggest that kin-selection has been overemphasized as an evolutionary explanation of sociality. He concentrates on the Vespidae (paper wasps and hornets), a group much discussed by evolutionary biologists because it exhibits all stages of social evolution: subsociality, primitive eusociality, and advanced eusociality. The author reports field observations by himself and others in Central America, Asia, and Australia, showing that multiple egg-layers in a nest are not uncommon. Because coexistence of many 'queens' leads to lower relatedness among colony members than in single-queen colonies, he suggests that kin-selection may not be the most powerful force determining observed social patterns. Instead, subsocial wasps may first have aggregated for defense purposes in habitats with a high risk of predation, with mutualistic associations among many queens. Through parental manipulation and then kin selection, differentiation into within-generation castes may have followed. Of interest to all students of ecology, evolution, and behavior, this book beautifully demonstrates the author's ability to combine wide-ranging data with thoughtful questions.]

Title: Behaviour and Social Evolution of Wasps - the communal aggregation hypothesis

Author Name: Ito, Yosiaki

Categories: Entomology,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1993

ISBN Number: 0198540469

ISBN Number 13: 9780198540465

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 013276