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Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

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Insects that are the least bit social may gather in modest groups, like the dozen or so sawfly larvae feeding on a pine needle, or they may form huge masses, like a swarm of migratory locusts in Africa or a cloud of mayflies at the edge of a midwestern lake or river. Why these insects get together and what they get out of their associations are questions finely and fully considered in this learned and entertaining look at the group behavior and social lives of a wide array of bugs.

The groups that Gilbert Waldbauer discusses here are not as complex or tightly organized as the better-known societies of termites, wasps, ants, and bees. Some, like the mayflies, come together merely because they emerge from the water in the same place at the same time. But others, like swarms of locusts, are loosely organized, the individual insects congregating to migrate together for distances of hundreds of miles. And yet others form a simple cooperative society, such as the colony of tent caterpillars that weaves a silken tent to house the whole group.

Waldbauer tells us how individuals in these and other insect aggregations communicate (or don't), how they coordinate their efforts, how some congregate the better to mate, how some groups improve the temperature and humidity of their microenvironment, and how others safeguard themselves (or the future of their kind) by amassing in such vast numbers as to confound predators.

As engaging and authoritative as Waldbauer's previous books, Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles will enlighten and delight those who know their insects well and those who wish to know them better.

Book News Annotation:

Looks at the group behavior and social lives of bugs including mayflies, locusts, caterpillars, and other insects that gather in small and large groups. Tells how individuals in these groups communicate, how they coordinate their efforts, how some congregate to mate, and how others safeguard themselves by amassing in such vast numbers so as to confound predators. Includes b&w illustrations. Waldbauer is professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and has written previous books on bugs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

books, Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles will enlighten and delight those who know their insects well and those who wish to know them better.

About the Author

Gilbert Waldbauer is Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Strength in Numbers

Bunches of Beetles

Warding Off Predators

Millions of Monarchs

Teams of Tent Caterpillars

Controlling the Climate

Coinciding with Resources

Subduing Food

Legions of Locusts

People and Insect Plagues

Finding a Mate

Myriads of Mayflies

Swarms of Cicadas

Associating with Other Species

Selected Readings

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674000902
Subtitle:
How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers
Author:
Waldbauer, Gilbert
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Social behavior in animals
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Insects -- Behavior.
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2966-2
Publication Date:
20000310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.875 in 1.22 lb

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