The Flies and Beetles That Turn Death Into Dinner

forensic entomology usual suspects

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the fourth in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read earlier posts in the series and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Every respectful movie or TV show featuring a scene with a dead body makes sure the buzzing of the flies […]

Maggots, Math, and More: Get to Know the Job of a Forensic Entomologist

forensic entomology scene sweep net

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the third in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read earlier posts in the series and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Although a somewhat new discipline, medicolegal forensic entomology is affirmed enough to have some common guidelines upon which forensic entomologists […]

Can a Forensic Entomologist Really Calculate Time of Death?

forensic entomology workshop

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the second part in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read Part One and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Medicolegal forensic entomology is a field of entomology focused on the study and observation insects that, because of their feeding behavior and biology, […]

Could a Null-Hypothesis Model Bring Greater Clarity to Forensic Entomology?

green bottle fly

In its popular understanding, forensic entomology is the field of science that uses certain insects’ affinity for decomposition as a tool in death investigations. It is, of course, not as simple as TV crime dramas might lead you to believe, and practicing forensic entomologists know first-hand just how complicated the science is. Part of that […]

Forensic Entomology: Where Insects Meet the Law

Calliphoridae fly

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the first part in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Thanks to the media exposure it has gained in recent years, the word “forensic” has become a sort of magnet for the curiosity of the general […]