Social Behaviour in Insects

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    A SOCIAL system, existing in small winged or wingless insects, long before man had evolved, having its raison d'être in instinct and physiology rather than intelligence, yet possessing remarkable similarities to the system which man built round himself! What more fascinating study could one find in the realm of Nature than that of these six-legged creatures. Like us, they care for their young, nursing them in cradles and feeding them on the most appropriate food. They may keep armies for defence or aggression, or may turn to the peaceful pursuits of the dairy-farmer and husbandman. They even have sufficient sense of property to leave real estate to their offspring.

    Social Behaviour in Insects.

    By Dr. A. D. Imms. (Methuen's Monographs on Biological Subjects.) Pp. ix + 117. (London: Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1931.) 3s. 6d. net.

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    Social Behaviour in Insects. Nature 129, 153 (1932) doi:10.1038/129153b0

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