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Investigating forensics

Investigating forensics

Entomology

 Analyze / Entomology

The insect evidence arrived safely at the forensic entomology lab from the crime scene.

Remember, insect evidence is used primarily to estimate the elapsed time since death. But the entomologist may also be able to suggest that a body was moved after death, or disturbed at the scene.

Because they are attracted to moist areas on the body, insects may also indicate the location of injuries or defense wounds. Finally, if chemicals are found in the insects' bodies, the entomologist may be able to tell you what kind of drugs or medications an individual was taking before they died.

You can help the forensic entomologist determine the elapsed time since death by examining the insect evidence in the following activity.