Insect behavior.

Insect behavior. Robert W. Matthews, Janice R. Matthews.
Insect behavior.

The Hague: Springer Verlag, 2009. Octavo, laminated boards, black and white and colour illustrations, line drawings.

The second edition of the text that for thirty years served as the fundamental introduction to a field of study that has been growing enormously. Today, new technologies and understandings are allowing questions to be shaped - and answered - in ways that once could not have been envisioned. However, massive new information also can overwhelm and obscure the broader perspectives needed to put new discoveries into context. Thus, the times fairly demand that students and non-specialists seek a wider understanding of diverse proximate and ultimate forces that cause animals to behave as they do. This book provides that opportunity. The authors strike a 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. Considerably updated and expanded, this edition includes 26 case studies, as well as 45 new colour plates and 173 figures (over 40 per cent of them new) with detailed legends that add richness to the well-written, accessible text.

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