A report on Maggot and Forensic entomology

Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion
Flesh fly on decomposing flesh
Maggots on a porcupine carcass
Timeline of postmortem changes (stages of death), including house fly eggs, larvae and pupae.
Maggots from a rabbit.

Maggots are also particularly important in forensic entomology because their development can help determine the time of death, particularly maggots in the Calliphoridae family.

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The accepted theory of Redi's day claimed that maggots developed spontaneously from rotting meat.

- Forensic entomology
Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion

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Fly

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Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- "two", and πτερόν pteron "wing".

Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- "two", and πτερόν pteron "wing".

An Anthomyiidae species showing characteristic dipteran features: large eyes, small antennae, sucking mouthparts, single pair of flying wings, hindwings reduced to clublike halteres
Fossil brachyceran in Baltic amber. Lower Eocene, c. 50 million years ago
Fossil nematoceran in Dominican amber. Sandfly, Lutzomyia adiketis (Psychodidae), Early Miocene, c. 20 million years ago
Gauromydas heros is the largest fly in the world.
Head of a horse-fly showing large compound eyes and stout piercing mouthparts
A head of a fly, showing the two compound eyes and three simple eyes clearly.
A cranefly, showing the hind wings reduced to drumstick-shaped halteres
Tabanid fly in flight
Mating anthomyiid flies
Life cycle of stable fly Stomoxys calcitrans, showing eggs, 3 larval instars, pupa, and adult
A calliphorid "bubbling"
The large bee-fly, Bombylius major, is a Batesian mimic of bees.
Petrus Christus's 1446 painting Portrait of a Carthusian has a musca depicta (painted fly) on a trompe-l'œil frame.
An Anopheles stephensi mosquito drinking human blood. The species carries malaria.
Diptera in research: Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly larvae being bred in tubes in a genetics laboratory
Casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains larvae of the cheese fly, Piophila casei.

Other species like Metopia argyrocephala are ovoviviparous, opportunistically depositing hatched or hatching maggots instead of eggs on carrion, dung, decaying material, or open wounds of mammals.

Maggots found on corpses are useful to forensic entomologists.

Calliphoridae

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The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

Close-up of the head of Calliphora vomitoria
A Calliphora livida fly specimen
Calliphora hilli
Calliphora augur
A close-up of the head of a Calliphora

The maggot larvae, often used as fishing bait, are known as gentles.

The specialized discipline related to this practice is known as forensic entomology.

Phormia regina

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First described by Johann Wilhelm Meigen.

First described by Johann Wilhelm Meigen.

Sanitary entomology; the entomology of disease, hygiene and sanitation (1921)
Another phormia
Decomposing possum
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Severe myasis hen
Maggot debridement therapy on a diabetic foot

P. regina is especially important to forensic entomology.

Black blow fly larvae like many other blow flies exhibit the maggot mass effect: a raise in temperature due to the aggregation of maggots.

Histeridae

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Family of beetles commonly known as clown beetles or Hister beetles.

Family of beetles commonly known as clown beetles or Hister beetles.

Hister unicolor

Forensic Entomology is the study of insects related to crime scenes.

Certain species of the Hister beetles follow shortly behind and prey on the maggots and other arthropods present.