Identifying the species of blow flies that colonize a corpse is a critical step in forensic entomology investigations, but it typically requires rearing collected fly larvae to adults first. However, a new “real time” method for conducting mass spectrometry could allow maggot specimens to be analyzed and identified in a matter of minutes—even up to six species at a time from the same sample.
When fly larvae are collected from a corpse at a crime scene, they still need to eat so they can be raised to adulthood and identified to species. A new study says a simple can of tuna could be an easy and cost-effective solution for keeping the larvae alive until a forensic entomologist can conduct analysis.
Fourth in a series of posts on forensic entomology
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Meredith Swett Walker In 1879, long before TV shows like CSI and Bones created a generation of armchair forensic entomologists, Jean Pierre Mégnin, one of the first scientists to […]
By Harvey Black You are called to investigate a body that was discovered on the side of the ski trail Caper at Killington Resort. It was discovered after some hikers […]
Some of the insects you find feeding on corpses are surprising. Note: this forensics post is not for the squeamish!
Fans of TV shows like CSI and others know that experts known as forensic entomologists can examine insects found on dead bodies to help determine the time of death and […]