This book represents empirical studies of some aspect of the phenomenon of variability in social insect behavior. It illustrates the range of ways colony members can differ from one another and interprets the variability in terms of the external environment, social context, or individual experience.
Table of Contents
1. Individual Traits of Social Behavior in Ants 2. The Group Context in Role Switching in Harvester Ants 3. Interindividual Differences Based on Behavior Transition Probabilities in the Ant Camponotus sericeiventris 4. Variation in Foraging Behavior Among Workers of the Ant Formica schaufussi: Ecological Correlates of Search Behavior and the Modification of Search Pattern 5. Individual Differences in Social Insect Behavior: Movement and Space Use in Leptothorax allardycei 6. The Gyne Who Would Be Queen: Dominance in the Ant Iridomyrmex purpureus 7. Pleometrosis and Polygyny in Ants 8. Behavioral and Biochemical Variation in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta 9. Variation in Foraging Patterns of the Western Harvester Ant, Pogonomymex occidentalis, in Relation to Variation in Habitat Structure 10. Variation in Behavior Among Workers of the Primitively Social Wasp Polistes fuscatus variatus 11. Age Polyethism and Individual Variation in Polybia occidentalis, an Advanced Eusocial Wasp 12. Undertaker Specialists in Honey Bee Colonies 13. Body Size, Individual Behavior, and Social Behavior in Honey Bees 14. Elitism in Social Insects: A Positive Feedback Model