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Title: The black soldier-fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera, Stratiomyidae), used to estimate the postmortem interval in a case in Amapá State, Brazil
Authors: Pujol-Luz, J. R.
Francez, Pablo Abdon da Costa
Ururahy-Rodrigues, Alexandre
Constantino, Reginaldo
Keywords: Autolysis
Egg Laying
Forensic Identification
Hermetia Illucens
Life Cycle
Priority Journal
Feeding Behavior
Forensic Anthropology
Postmortem Changes
Issue Date: 2008
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 53, Número 2, Pags. 476-478
Abstract: The black soldier-fly (Hermetia illucens) is a generalist detritivore which is commonly present in corpses in later stages of decomposition and may be useful in forensic entomology. This paper describes the estimation of the postmortem interval (PMI) based on the life cycle of the black soldier-fly in a case in northern Brazil. A male child was abducted from his home and 42 days later his corpse was found in an advanced stage of decay. Two black soldier-fly larvae were found associated with the body. The larvae emerged as adults after 25-26 days. Considering the development cycle of H. illucens, the date of oviposition was estimated as 24-25 days after abduction. Since H. illucens usually (but not always) colonizes corpses in more advanced stages of decay, this estimate is consistent with the hypothesis that the child was killed immediately after abduction. © 2008 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00659.x
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