EEB 3269
Social Insects

Offered every other year, spring semester
Next offered: Spring 2010

3 credits; meeting times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 - 9:50 AM

This course covers the biology of social insects, especially the "eusocial" (truly social) wasps, bees, ants, and termites.  These animals are remarkable for several characteristics, which serve as the basis for exploration of general principles about the evolution of social behavior, the nature of communication, self-organization, and population and community ecology.  We will cover four major topics: