10 Jul 2011

Forensic Entomology

The study of insects and their relationship to a criminal investigation. Can help determine time of death.
After death, specific insects become inhabitants of the corpse in a specific sequence.  Blowflies are usually the first to arrive.  Knowing the life cycles and studying the maggots can help determine time of death.  Ambient temperatures can play a role in insect life cycles, so it can be tricky to rely solely on this method.

A Blowfly and its maggots

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