Insect Learning

Ecology and Evolutionary Perspectives

  • Daniel R. Papaj
  • Alcinda C. Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elizabeth A. Bernays
    Pages 1-17
  3. Ted C. L. Turlings, Felix L. Wäckers, Louise E. M. Vet, W. Joseph Lewis, James H. Tumlinson
    Pages 51-78
  4. Bernard D. Roitberg, Mary L. Reid, Chao Li
    Pages 174-194
  5. Ronald J. Prokopy, W. Joseph Lewis
    Pages 308-342
  6. Reuven Dukas, Leslie A. Real
    Pages 343-373
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 387-398

About this book


Insect Learning is a comprehensive review of a new field. Until recently, insects were viewed as rigidly programmed automatons; now, however, it is recognized that they can learn and that their behavior is plastic. This fundamental change in viewpoint is causing a re-examination of all aspects of the relationship between insects and their environment. This change in perspective is occurring at a time of heightened interest in brain function in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Insects potentially play a major role in this expanding area. Because of their experimental tractability and genetic diversity, they provide unique opportunities for testing hypotheses on the ecology and evolution of learning. As organisms of economic importance, they are perennial objects of research by both basic and applied scientists.
Insect Learning covers both social and non-social insects from multiple perspectives. The book covers mechanisms; syntheses of work on physiology, behavior, and ecology; and micro- and macroevolution. The concluding section discusses future directions for research, including applications to pest management.


Adaptation Ecology Pet behavior behavioral ecology environment evolution insect learning morphology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel R. Papaj
    • 1
  • Alcinda C. Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Center for Insect ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental, Population and Organismic BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Routledge, Chapman & Hall Inc. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6216-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2814-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods