Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids: From Theoretical Approaches to Field Applications

Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids: From Theoretical Approaches to Field Applications

Editor(s): Éric Wajnberg, Carlos Bernstein, Jacques van Alphen

Published Online: 7 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405163477

Online ISBN: 9780470696200

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696200

About this Book

Written by a team of leading international specialists, Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids examines the optimal behaviors that parasitoids exhibit in order to maximize long term offspring production. It is an essential reference for research scientists and students studying these fascinating insects or for anyone involved in using parasitoids in biological control programs.


  • Reviews topical issues, including cutting edge research on parasitoid decision making and the implications for biological control
  • Explores applications in other fields, provides information on the latest research methods, and includes helpful case studies and statistical tools
  • Creates a deeper understanding of the link between behavioural strategies and host mortality, resulting in more efficient selective pest management programs

"Overall, this is a fascinating volume that provides a significant contribution to the literature on parasitoid insects. It goes a long way toward providing insights into numerous aspects of parasitoid behavior and will stimulate a diversity of future projects, something that should be the goal of any such text. I highly recommend Wajnberg et al. for all of those working on the biology or evolution of parasitoids." Palaios 2009

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Current Issues in Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids

  2. Part 2: Extension of Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids to Other Fields

  3. Part 3: Methodological Issues in Behavioral Ecology

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