Insect Behavior

Authors: Matthews, Robert W., Matthews, Janice R.

  • Provides the only comprehensive overview of fundamental concepts of animal behavior as they relate to insects (even though insects make up an estimated ¾ of all multicellular animals on earth!). For teachers and students, this unified approach is a major improvement over the use of an assemblage of journal reprints
  • Is unique in its combination of a comparative evolutionary approach that shows how major behavioral systems function
  • Offers more detailed case studies—26 of them, 8 new to this edition—of field and laboratory investigations that show how behavioral research is and can be conducted
  • Discusses both proximate and ultimate mechanisms, an approach that offers the reader a broad base for understanding this field
  • 45 color plates, all new, and 173 black and white figures, including many original drawings and photographs (73 new to this edition), all with detailed captions, make the book a valuable reference for students and specialists alike
  • Does not require an in-depth knowledge to understand the material, although some background in entomology or animal behavior is helpful
  • Features a straightforward writing style in which specialized terms are defined at first mention and both common and scientific names are used
  • Is valuable to graduate students and working professionals but is also accessible and informative for non-specialists with an interest in the principles of insect behavior
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About this Textbook

For thirty years, Insect Behavior served as students’ sole overview of a field of study that is growing exponentially. Considerably updated and expanded, this second edition still retains its constructive balance between modern developments and historical insights, between new examples and old, between empirical work and theory, and between pertinent conclusions and the dynamic field and laboratory experiences from which such discoveries arise. Twenty-six case studies, 45 new color plates and 173 figures (over 40% of them new) add richness to the well-written, accessible text.

About the authors

Robert W. Matthews is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia. An insect behavior specialist, his scientific publications number over 165 research articles. Janice R. Matthews is a writer and educator with a broad background in the biological sciences. The two scientists have collaborated in entomological field studies in Australia, South and Central America, and the U.S.A. and have co-authored a number of technical and popular articles and books. They have six grown children and a Labradoodle.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“This highly anticipated second edition … is a very complete review of animal behavior concepts related to insects. … The book includes 28 detailed case studies that explore several specific situations (laboratory and/or field research), along with the methodology used. … contains 173 black-and-white figures and 45 color plates. The Matthews’ highly didactic writing style makes this book useful to researchers, students, and even laypersons interested in the topic. … Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries.” (J. M. Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)

“For anyone studying or interested in animal behaviour or insects, this is a must-have reference book. … Each chapter is … split into sub-divisions that help locate relevant information quickly. … Numerous case studies include a handful new to this edition, focusing on research relevant to the associated text. … As a comprehensive reference book, I would recommend this text to teachers and undergraduates in the field of animal biology, ecology, entomology and anyone interested in insects or animal behaviour.” (Janet Preece, The Biologist, Vol. 58 (2), 2011)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The History and Scope of Insect Behavior

    Matthews, Robert W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-44

  • Programming and Integrating Behavior

    Matthews, Robert W. (et al.)

    Pages 45-91

  • Spatial Adjustment

    Matthews, Robert W. (et al.)

    Pages 93-129

  • Foraging and Feeding

    Matthews, Robert W. (et al.)

    Pages 131-184

  • Defense: A Survival Catalogue

    Matthews, Robert W. (et al.)

    Pages 185-215

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-2389-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-2388-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9070-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insect Behavior
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2389-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2389-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2388-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9070-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIII, 514
Additional Information
Originally published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1978
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