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Entomology: From Maggots to Murder How are ‘bugs’ used to identify the post mortem index (PMI) of remains? Why? An important part of Forensic Entomology is the collection, identification, and analysis of insects, and often beetles, that are found on a decomposing body. The usage of insects and their larva to determine the post mortem index is what is considered the medicolegal usage of entomology. An alternative is to use the study of insects in the analysis of urban pests and stored product insects that are commonly found in foodstuffs. Learning Outcome Students will be able to identify the flies, maggots, and pupa most often used in the determination of PMI Students will be able to read an isomeglan graph or chart to determine PMI Students will be able to infer the effects of temperature and various abiotic factors on the growth cycle of the common flies and beetles New Concepts The life cycle of a fly or beetle is known and easily
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