From the book jacket: "Treats insect thermoregulation from a broad perspective, covering short-range responses to temperature and seasonal adaptations with a view to understanding the insect's ecology and evolution. Examines insect behavior and the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Provides insights into the role of physiology in ecology."

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This book is an expansion written from the proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the American Society of Zoologists at their annual meeting in 1978. I had proposed and organized it because there was a controversy about how sphinx moths regulate their body temperature in flight that I felt needed airing. It was mainly between myself and three other researchers whose methods I believed had not justified their conclusion. I invited their main proponent, as well as other leading lights to get them together in a face-off. All the practitioners in the field accepted my invitation to come, but none of the first showed up. I did not lecture about my own talking point for this discussion, but relegated it to the now late Ann E. Kammer, an electro-physiologist working with insect flight muscle and temperature regulation, for her assigned topic of "Physiological Mechanisms of Thermoregulation." The other oral presentations (and chapters) were by the late Robert K. Josephson, the late George A. Bartholomew, Timothy M. Casey, and Thomas D. Seeley. I wrote or co-wrote three of the six chapters, along with an Introduction and Historical Survey. The book serves as a then up-to-date summary and review. It was the first major synthesis of insect thermoregulation. It includes the discussion from the audience at the conclusion of the talks.