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 […]

Three New Species of Flesh Flies Found in Brazil and Argentina

Two new species of flies in the family Sarcophagidae, which are commonly known as flesh flies because some of them deposit maggots into the wounds of animals, have been discovered in Brazil, and another new species has been found in Argentina. All three belong to the genus Lipoptilocnema, and are described in an article in […]