Forensic Entomology: A Synopsis, Guide, and Update

Chapter

Abstract

Estimating the postmortem interval is the “bread and butter” component of what the discipline of forensic entomology delivers to the judicial system in matters concerning homicides, suspicious deaths, and suicides. The following chapter introduces the reader to the different requirements necessary to collect and preserve insect material from a cadaver. Apart from the importance of the chronological interval, insect larvae can also be used to extract drugs, poisons, gunshot residues, and DNA. To be able to analyze these substances, it is not only dependent on the context of where the corpse is located but what specimens are collected and how they are preserved. Currently there are no universal procedures and methods, so the practitioner must consider each case and what information is required and apply those techniques. This chapter summarizes those techniques and the relevant tools to complete these undertakings.

Keywords

Forensic entomology Collecting insects Preserving insects Postmortem interval 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Forensic ScienceUniversity of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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