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Mike Hansell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198507529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507529.001.0001

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Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs

Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs

(p.163) 6 Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs
Animal Architecture

Mike Hansell

Oxford University Press

Homes are for protection, so the benefit they provide may be measurable as some consequence of the failure to invest in protection. Costs may still readily be measured in terms of energy consumption or time, but appropriate measures of benefit may vary. For homes that are largely concerned with raising young, an appropriate measure of benefit may be reproductive success; for individual homes it could be survivorship. This chapter uses bird nest building as the basis for a study on the costs of home building to raise young, and caddis larval case building to examine the costs of building for personal security.

Keywords:   home building, homes, costs, protection, nests, caddis larval cases, security, foraging, burrows, webs

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