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Book Review

Abstract

Excerpt: This pocket-sized book is indeed a high point in recent entomological literature. Concisely written, and including a remarkable amount of new or recently published information, The Wasps is essentially a comparative natural history of these fascinating animals. Only the "higher" or aculeate wasps are covered, a fact not clear from the title. After a brief survey of the Hymenoptera, five chapters follow: two on solitary species, two on social wasps, and a fascinating final chapter treating the diverse and often intricate biotic relationships of wasps. The book is generously illustrated, with 122 figures about equally divided between ph~tographs and drawings; several photographs of tropical social wasps appear here for the fmt time. The University of Michigan Press is to be commended, as the book is virtually free of typographical errors, and the photographic reproductions are of the highest quality.

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