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The Sand Wasps : Natural History and Behavior - Howard E. Evans

The Sand Wasps

Natural History and Behavior

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2007
ISBN: 9780674024625
Number Of Pages: 360

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Howard Evans was a brilliant ethologist and systematist for whom the joy of science included lying on his belly in some remote location, digging out and diagramming a wasp's nest. During his career, Evans described over 900 species and authored more than a dozen books, both technical and popular, on a wide range of entomological and natural history subjects. Upon his death in 2002, he left behind an unfinished manuscript, intended as an update (though not a revision) of his classic 1966 work, "The Comparative Ethology and Evolution of the Sand Wasps." Kevin O'Neill, Evans's former student and coauthor, has completed and enlarged Evans's manuscript, to provide coverage of all sand-wasp tribes in Evan's earlier book. The result is a tribe-by-tribe, species by species review of studies of the Bembicinae that have appeared over the last four decades. "The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior" already has been hailed by specialists as a new bible for those working on solitary wasps and an essential reference for scientists more broadly interested in insect behavioral evolution.

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This book will be an essential reference for any wasp researcher, beginning or established, as well as an indispensable library holding...The volume summarizes a large literature that would be difficult for any single investigator to assemble, given the many obscure, scattered sources cited and the diversity of languages translated...Given the remarkable expansion of knowledge described in this work, one wonders what the next 40 years of sand wasp research will reveal. -- Joseph R. Coelho Quarterly Review of Biology 20071201

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A Sand Wasp Sojournp. 1
Sand Wasp Natural History / Sand Wasp Sciencep. 5
Sand Wasp Classification: A Short Coursep. 8
Biology of the Bembicinae: A Primerp. 11
Cool Wasps of the Alyssontinip. 22
Alyssonp. 22
Overview of the Tribe Alyssontinip. 27
Cicada and Hopper Hunters of the Gorytinip. 30
Clitemnestrap. 31
Exeirusp. 33
Spheciusp. 34
Tanyoprymnusp. 43
Ammatomusp. 44
Argogorytesp. 45
Harpactusp. 50
Trichogorytesp. 52
Austrogorytesp. 52
Gorytesp. 53
Pseudoplisusp. 57
Lestiphorusp. 59
Liogorytesp. 59
Hoplisoidesp. 60
Sagenistap. 63
Overview of the Tribe Gorytinip. 65
Brood Parasites of the Nyssoninip. 69
Nyssonp. 69
Acanthostethusp. 71
Zanyssonp. 71
Overview of the Tribe Nyssoninip. 74
Stizini: A Mixed Tribe of Hopper Hunters and Brood Parasitesp. 75
Stizusp. 77
Stizoidesp. 84
Bembecinusp. 86
Bembicini: The Diverse New World Generap. 117
Bicyrtesp. 117
Microbembexp. 125
Hemidulap. 131
Rubricap. 132
Selmanp. 135
Stictiap. 136
Edithap. 145
Trichostictiap. 147
Zyzzyxp. 148
Stictiellap. 148
Microstictiap. 150
Glenostictiap. 151
Xerostictiap. 154
Stenioliap. 155
Bembicini: The Cosmopolitan Genus Bembixp. 159
Nearctic Bembixp. 159
Neotropical Bembixp. 171
Palearctic Bembixp. 173
Oriental Bembixp. 179
Afrotropical Bembixp. 182
Australasian Bembixp. 185
Overview of Bembixp. 209
Comparative Ethology of Sand Waspsp. 224
Habitatp. 224
Nesting Substratep. 227
Nest Dispersion: Causes and Consequencesp. 230
Interspecific Nesting Associationsp. 234
Nest Constructionp. 237
Orientation and Homingp. 246
Oviposition and Provisioningp. 247
Estimates of Lifetime Reproductive Successp. 250
Prey Typep. 254
Measuring Prey Diversityp. 263
Hunting and Prey Paralysisp. 267
Prey Carriagep. 271
Feeding by Adultsp. 272
Brood Parasitic Bembicinaep. 273
Natural Enemiesp. 275
Male Behaviorp. 279
Sleepingp. 285
Sand Wasp Conservationp. 286
Research Wish Listp. 295
Referencesp. 299
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780674024625
ISBN-10: 0674024621
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st June 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.67

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