Development of necrophagus species of insects and their use in forensics

Crnjac, Josip (2009) Development of necrophagus species of insects and their use in forensics. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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This is the first research in forensic entomology in Croatia. The goal was to estimate which species of flies and beetles will invade the body of a dead sucking pig. Insects’ life cycles were determined through time. Field research was conducted in the area of Ţitnjak in city of Zagreb and lasted for 30 days. During 30 days succession of insects was monitored. Temperature and relative humidity data were recorded. Comparison of life cycle length in controled conditions and conditions on the field was made. Four species of insects were estimated, two species of flies (Lucilla sericata L. and Sarcophaga carnaria L.), german bee (Vespula germanica L.) and silphid beetle (Necrophorus vespillo L.). Both fly species laid eggs on tested body, but complete life cycle was confirmed only for L. sericata. It was confirmed that a higher temperature shortens life cycle duration.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: forensics, entomology, succession, flies
Supervisor: Petrovečki, Vedrana
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 43
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 10:39

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