forensic entomologist

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A scientist who studies insects for forensic purposes. When a body dies it becomes inhabited by insects, which lay their eggs on the body; the eggs hatch to become larvae which feed on the flesh. The larvae pupate and then emerge as adult insects (imago). By studying the stages of insect present in the body and the number of generations, the forensic entomologist can assist in determining the post‐mortem interval (time since death).

Subjects: Law.

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