Insect Defenses: Adaptive Mechanisms and Strategies of Prey and Predators

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David L. Evans, Justin O. Schmidt
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Science - 482 pages
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This work takes a fresh, modern approach to investigate and explain the predator and prey relationships of insects and spiders, the major terrestrial fauna on earth. Devoted to broad and in-depth analysis of arthropod defenses against predators, the book's approach is both experimentally and theoretically based with major emphasis on evolution, predator strategies and tactics, and prey defensive adaptations and behaviors.

The authors explain such topics as cryptic and aposematic coloration, the conflict between sexual and survival needs, web spider prey choice and evolution of prey counter defenses, predator-prey interactions and the origins of intelligence, bird predatory tactics, and caterpillar defense strategies. Also examined is the use of timing for fitness and survival, evolutionary gamesmanship in the predatory bat-moth relationship, colony defense by aper wasps, startle as a defense by moths, aggregation as a defense, chemicals as defenses, plant chemicals as defenses, and venoms as defenses. The authors illustrate each topic with numerous specific well-documented examples presented in a clear, readable style.

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The Evolution of Cryptic Coloration MALCOLM EDMUNDS
The Evolution of Aposematism TIM GUILFORD
Sexual Selection and Predation Balancing Reproductive and Survival Needs Scott K Sakaluk
Predatory Strategies and Tactics David L Evans
Prey Selection in WebBuilding Spiders and Evolution of Prey Defenses George W Uetz
PredatorPrey Interactions Informational Complexity and the Origins of Intelligence Michael H Robinson
Avian Predatory Behavior and Prey Distribution Werner Schuler
Predation Prevention Avoidance and Escape Behaviors David L Evans
The Sensory Ecology of Moths and Bats Global Lessons in Staying Alive James H Fullard
Predation Prevention Chemical and Behavioral Counterattack Justin O Schmidt
Startle as an AntiPredator Mechanism with Special Reference to the Undenwing Moths Catocala Theodore D Sargent
Collective Security Aggregation by Insects as a Defense Kevina Vulinec
Allomones Chemicals for Defense Douglas W Whitman Murray S Blum David W Alsop
Recycling Plant Natural Products for Insect Defense M DEANE BOWERS
Hymenopteran Venoms Striving Toward the Ultimate Defense Against Vertebrates JUSTIN O SCHMIDT
Holding the Fort Colony Defense in Some Primitively Social Wasps Christopher K Starr

Avoiding the Hunt Primary Defenses of Lepidopteran Caterpillars Robert C Lederhouse
Phenology as a Defense A Time to Die A Time to Live David L Evans

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About the author (1990)

David L. Evans is a naturalist at Beaverbrook Reservation in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at the Southwestern Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

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