By: Melonye McCree
What is Forensic Entomology?
What types of insects are found?
Estimating Time Since Death (PMI)
Insect succession is used if the individual has been dead for a month or longer.
Information from the site
Information Needed from the Body
Limitations of Forensic Entomology
1. Time of death estimates depend on accurate temperature information, but local weather patterns can be variable and data may come from stations quite distant from the crime scene.
2. Forensic entomology relies on insect abundance. In winter, there are fewer insects and entomology's use is limited.
3. Since it takes time to rear insects, forensic entomology cannot produce immediate results.
4. Treatments (like freezing, burial or wrapping) that exclude insects can affect estimates.
5. Since chemicals can slow or accelerate growth, insect evidence may be affected by the presence of drugs in a corpse's system.