Harvard University Press, May 2007. 360 pages, Octavo, hardcover, dustwrapper, illustrations.
Providing coverage of sand-wasp tribes, this work offers a tribe-by-tribe, species by species review of studies of the Bembicinae. It is intended for those working on solitary wasps and serves as a useful reference for scientists interested in insect behavioural evolution. Howard Evans was a brilliant ethologist and systematist for whom the joy of science included lying on his belly in some remote location, digging out and diagramming a wasp’s nest. During his career, Evans described over 900 species and authored more than a dozen books, both technical and popular, on a wide range of entomological and natural history subjects. Upon his death in 2002, he left behind an unfinished manuscript, intended as an update (though not a revision) of his classic 1966 work, The Comparative Ethology and Evolution of the Sand Wasps. Kevin O’Neill, Evans’ former student and co-author, has completed and enlarged Evans’ manuscript, to provide coverage of all sand-wasp tribes in Evan’s earlier book. The result is a tribe-by-tribe, species by species review of studies of the Bembicinae that have appeared over the last four decades. The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior already has been hailed by specialists as a new bible for those working on solitary wasps and an essential reference for scientists more broadly interested in insect behavioural evolution.