The Insect Societies
View a video on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities" This book is a work of major importance for the development of environmental and behavioral biology; it covers the classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects--ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Mr. Wilson reinterprets the knowledg...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Belknap Press
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Apr 30, 2008 Haengbok92 rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who is curious about insects
Recommended to Haengbok92 by: my professor
This text is clearly written and chock-full of useful information about social insects, with a focus on termites, ants and bees. Also discusses other insects in relationship to their social structures. It's a big, heavy book, but very good so far (I'm currently on chapter 3, but have skipped around a bit too). Really gives you a good feel for how insect societies function, at least for me as a pure layman.
I have been a studenf of Wilson and Hölldobler for many years. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in social insects. The intrepid reader who knows more insect than science, if you get my drift, will be amused and deeply edified by this volume, which can radically extend any feral understandings and relationships you may or should have already developed. Excellent. A treasure.
Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, a branch of entomology. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters. He is Pellegrino University Re...moreMore about Edward O. Wilson...