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Experiment 36 Forensic Entomology

The goals of the lesson are to allow the student to become familiar with some of the basic techniques and methodologies used by forensic entomologists to collect specimens, identify blow flies, and estimate time of death. Each student will gain additional hands-on experience with the collection, preservation, and study of insect specimens. After this lesson, each student will know how to identify various adult blow flies, their eggs, pupae, and larval stages and how to utilize the data acquired from the students’ study of the life cycles of common blow flies to estimate time of death.