The Ants - Chapter 9 Social Homeostasis and Flexibility Summary & Analysis

Bert Hölldobler
This Study Guide consists of approximately 30 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Ants.
This section contains 465 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Ants Study Guide

Chapter 9 Social Homeostasis and Flexibility Summary

Social homeostatis (the maintenance of a steady social or physiological state by self-regulation) and flexibility are treated in this chapter - how does the colony maintain consistent operation and success over time, given a changing environment? "[T]he organization of ant colonies...permits relatively efficient social regulation with the loosest of command structures" (p. 356).

Approaches to solving complex problems are considered in the abstract; tasks may be accomplished in serial operations or in parallel operations. Depending upon labor available, one method is potentially superior to the other. Strategies for determining which method to use are discussed. From the abstract basis the text moves forward to apply general principles to the specific case of a colony.

An ant colony can be considered to be a single organism in many respects. Regulation of homeostasis, for example, must...

(read more from the Chapter 9 Social Homeostasis and Flexibility Summary)

This section contains 465 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Ants Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Ants from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook