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The Evolution of Social Wasps
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The Evolution of Social Wasps

James H. Hunt


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. The Evolution of Social Wasps examines social behavior in a single lineage of insects, wasps of the family Vespidae. It 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. It also provides an extensive summary of the existing literature while demonstrating how it can be cloud ... More

Keywords: social behavior, animals, solitary life, sociality, insects, wasps, Vespidae, phylogeny, ontogeny, colony development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James H. Hunt, author
University of Missouri, St. Louis