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Decomposition – What Happened to My Pigs?

Activity Summary
Forensic entomology is the study of the life history of insects for forensic investigations. This activity describes how criminal investigators use insects to determine time of death.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Define forensic entomology
2. Identify the stages of a fly life cycle

Lesson Materials (view or download)
Lesson Plans
Case Study
Fly Key and Life History
Maggot 1 Key
Maggot 2 Key
Maggot 3 Key
Maggot 4 Key
News Article
Pigs A Key
Pigs B Key
Pigs C Key
Pigs D Key

decomposition, forensic entomology

Last updated: 3/3/2015