What can we find in our area?
It is not enough to know which insects are valuable to Forensic Scientists, we also need to know what we can find in our area!
What data do we need to record?
Here is a form I found at MSU. I don't want you to use this exact form for your lab, but you may use this as a tool to help guide you in deciding what evidence to collect.
Are you an Amateur Forensic Entomologist?
Because I care, and I'm a giving teacher...
Here are some reputable sites.
Tips to succeed in identifying insect species and orders.
If you need help, look at the ID book or try these websites:
BugFiles - Identify Bugs & Insects with Pictures - Dave's Garden
So what does it take to be a forensic entomologist?
From the website: Education Portal
Forensic Entomologist: Job Description, Duties and Requirements
Forensic entomologists are scientists who help solve forensic investigations by studying insects and arthropods. They work primarily on cases of murder and death, estimating time and location of death by observing insect colonization on the body.
For more, see the website link above.
Still don't know where to look for background research? Try here:
Forensic Entomology: History and Application of Entomology in Forensic Investigations
Insect Arrival Pattern and Succession on Buried Carrion in Michigan.
Seasonal Necrophagous Insect Community Assembly During Vertebrate Carrion Decomposition
Wikipedia links to schools with Forensic Entomology departments:
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