Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Forensic Entomology

The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Jason H. Byrd

CRC Press

705 pages | 650 Color Illus.

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The first edition of Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations broke ground on all levels, from the caliber of information provided to the inclusion of copious color photographs. With over 100 additional color photographs, an expanded reference appendix, and updated information, the second edition has raised the bar for resources in this field, elucidating the basics on insects of forensic importance.

New in the Second Edition:

  • A chapter on insect identification that presents dichotomous keys
  • Updates on DNA molecular techniques and genetic markers
  • Coverage of new standardization in forensic entomological analysis
  • Chapters on climatology and thermoregulation in insects
  • 100 new color photographs, making available a total of 650 color photographs

Goes Beyond Dramatics to the Nitty Gritty of Real Practice

While many books, movies, and television shows have made forensic entomology popular, this book makes it real. Going beyond dramatics to the nitty gritty of actual practice, it covers what to search for when recovering entomological evidence, how to handle items found at the crime scene, and how to use entomological knowledge in legal investigations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Perceptions and Status of Forensic Entomology, Robert D. Hall and Timothy E. Huntington

General Entomology and Insect Biology, James L. Castner

Insects of Forensic Importance, Jason H. Byrd and James L. Castner

Collection of Entomological Evidence during Legal Investigations, Jason H. Byrd , Wayne D. Lord, John R. Wallace , and Jeffery K. Tomberlin, and Neal H. Haskell

Laboratory Rearing of Forensic Insects, Jason H. Byrd and Jeffery K. Tomberlin

Factors That Influence Insect Succession on Carrion, Gail S. Anderson

Insect Succession in a Natural Environment, K. Lane Tabor Kreitlow

The Role of Aquatic Insects in Forensic Investigations, Richard W. Merritt and John R. Wallace

Recovery of Anthropological, Botanical, and Entomological Evidence from Buried Bodies and Surface Scatter, Heather A . Walsh-Haney, Alison Galloway, and Jason H. Byrd

Estimating the Postmortem Interval, Jeffrey D. Wells and Lynn R. LaMotte

Insect Development and Forensic Entomology, Leon G. Higley and Neal H. Haskell

The Soil Environment and Forensic Entomology, Shari L. Forbes and Ian Dadour

Entomotoxicology: Insects as Toxicological Indicators and the Impact of Drugs and Toxins on Insect Development, M. L. Goff and Wayne D. Lord

Molecular Methods for Forensic Entomology, Jeffrey D. Wells and Jamie R. Stevens

The Forensic Entomologist as Expert Witness, Robert D. Hall

Livestock Entomology, Jeffery K. Tomberlin and Justin Talley

Ecological Theory and Its Application in Forensic Entomology, Sherah L. VanLaerh oven

Forensic Meteorology: The Application of Weather and Climate, John R. Scala and John R. Wallace

Entomological Alteration of Bloodstain Evidence, M. Anderson Parker , Mark Benecke, Jason H. Byrd, Roger Hawke s, and Rosemary Brown

Keys to the Blow Fly Species (Diptera Calliphoridae) of America, North of Mexico, Terry Whitworth

Cases of Neglect Involving Entomological Evidence, Mark Benecke

Acarology in Criminolegal Investigations: The Human Acarofauna during Life and Death, M. Alejandra Perotti and Henk R. Braig


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical