Bees and beetles, wasps and termites are considered here, as gregarious members of their own communities. Technical and catholic, this book embraces insects in many parts of the world. Nature's wiles are shown in 90 photographs of stinging insects and several moths and flies which mimic them in appearance. The author discusses controversial theories about insect life; the supposed intelligence of insects and the possibility of insects usurping man's place, a la H. G. Wells. Insect diets, mating processes and community life are discussed in text-book like fashion.