The Pollen Wasps: Ecology and Natural History of the Masarinae

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The 25 color plates and 60 black-and-white illustrations offer readers a rare close look at this little-known and endangered group of insects. Three appendixes list all known flower-visiting records, all hymenopteran visitors to the flowers included in the pollination chapter, and all published species names for Masarinae. Pollen wasps are of interest to a wide range of scholars (including entomologists, ethologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists) because of their close associations with flowering plants and because of the ability of certain species to produce silk for nest building--an intriguing case of convergent evolution. For these readers, and for students of natural history and proponents of species preservation, The Pollen Wasps will prove an invaluable resource.

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Sarah K. Gess is Assistant Curator in the Department of Entomology of the Albany Museum, working in association with the Department of Entomology of Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

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Sarah Gess, in compiling 'The Pollen Wasps' set herself the ambitious task of producing a publication that is easily readable, highly scientific, containing much new information, and a review of the group worldwide...This book contains a wealth of information and is an outstanding contribution to the world of scientific literature. It is neatly presented and well illustrated...For its scientific content, this book is highly recommended for scientists interested in pollination biology, ecology and conservation in arid and semiarid areas, and in aculeate Hymenoptera. This book offers an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of these intriguing wasps. I found the book stimulating and hope it will inspire others to develop an interest in the little animals to which the author has dedicated much of her life. (C. D. Eardley African Entomology)

[A] comprehensive study of a unique and fascinating subfamily of insects which will be of interest to ethologists, ecologists, and natural historians generally...The book is copiously illustrated by clear line drawings, maps, black and white and SEM photographs, as well as by beautiful colour photographs of the Karoo scenery and its flowers, and of pollen wasps visiting them. (J. L. Cloudsley-Thompson Journal of Arid Environments)

Gess has brought under one cover, from diverse and sometimes obscure sources, just about everything known of the natural history of the masarines, including many unpublished findings. The book covers systematics, biogeography, life cycles, nesting behavior, enemies and associates, and flower associations, and is liberally referenced...This book is recommended for institutional libraries, for hymenopterists, for those interested in pollination and plant-insect interaction, and for those who marvel at the organic diversity of this planet and worry for its preservation. (V. J. Tepedino and P. F. Torchio Quarterly Review of Biology)

Dr. Gees has produced a very interesting study, rich in information and questions. I cannot do justice to the gems of information scattered throughout, nor the excellent summary of the present state of out knowledge on this group. This work should serve as the basis for many future studies. Evolutionary questions on sociality and nest construction; studies on distribution and insect-plant associations; and biogeographic experiments comes to mind. At the very least it should provide some ideas for investigations on the small-scale effects of land management policies. (Eugène Marais Cimbebasia)

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