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Transcript of Zuzanna Franczuk
The Most Common Application
Determining PMI – postmortem interval
Movement of the corpse
Cause of death
Ecological Roles of Insects in Decomposition
Estimating the PMI
based on development of insects
Comparisons of assemblages of insect fauna on corpse
All larvae collected are
The biggest and oldest are 3rd instar larvae
Average temp was 21° C
This species does not colonize bodies for 48 hours after death
Colonizing the body 48 hours after death
Total: 21 + 31 + 26 + 50 + 48 = 176 hours
176 hours/24 hours per day = 7.333…roughly 7 days PMI !
What is Forensic Entomology?
Urban (criminal and civil)
Stored product pests (civil)
Medicolegal Forensic Entomology
Often focuses on violent crimes
Determination of the time (PMI) of human
death based on identification of arthropods collected from
or near corpses.
Cases involving possible sudden death
Traffic accidents with no immediately obvious cause
Maggots can be used to test a corpse for the presence of
poisons or drugs
. Some drugs can speed up or slow down the insect’s development.
Did you know...
The “Body Farm” in Knoxville, Tennessee is an university research facility to investigate human decomposition under various conditions in order to understand the factors which affect its rate.
Did you know...
Examples of Coleoptera (Beetles)
Examples of Diptera (Flies)
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