Forensic Entomology

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Forensic entomology (FE) is the study of insects as it relates to criminal or civil investigations. In criminal cases, it is used to determine postmortem interval. In civil cases, FE may be used because of the introduction of insects into a consumer product or infestation of a structure. A blowfly is an insect commonly used to aid in the determination of postmortem interval. Research the use of the blowfly in determining postmortem interval. Describe the stages of the life cycle of the blowfly? How long is its life cycle (hours/days/weeks/years)? How does temperature and moisture affect the length of the blowfly’s life cycle? When time of death is in question, what is the process by which a forensic entomologist would collect samples? What other information must an FE gather at the scene during the investigation? What does the FE attempt to accomplish after gathering samples and information and bringing the items back to the laboratory? How does the infestation of the blowfly affect th

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Forensic EntomologyNameClassDateProfessorForensic EntomologyForensic entomology is the study of bugs in the criminal justice field in order to determine the post mortem interval (PMI). The post mortem interval refers to the time between a person dies and the body of the deceased is located. In criminal cases understanding when a person died can point to suspect or causes suspects in the case to be discarded. When a person dies bugs will be immediately be attracted to the decaying body. There are many factors that can affect the rate of decomposition affecting the PMI. The lifespan of these bugs as well as their activity provides reliable information on time of death. The blowfly is an important insect for determining the post mortem interval. The lifecycle of the blowfly located in the decomposing body can point to how long the person has been dead. Once a person dies blow flies will immediately begin to feed of the body and lay their eggs in moist areas where their eggs will thrive. The blow fly will lay up to 250 eggs in the moist opening. The eggs will look like little small white sausages that are all laid together in clumps. These eggs will hatch within twenty four hours after being laid by the blow fly. Once the blowfly hatches it becomes larvae. After hatching, the larvae will undergo three stages of development, lasting a combined total of 7 to 10 days (Smith, 2011).The newly hatched larvae (maggots) are in the first stage. The maggots bec

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