Forensic entomologists are familiar with a variety of blow fly species and the order in which they commonly arrive to a corpse. A new study illuminates the differences among three blow fly species and what drives the timing of their arrival and how they interact.
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.
An interview with science writer and author Mary Roach, speaker at the ESA 2017 Plenary Session
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 […]