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Potential use of Braconidae (Hymenoptera) in forensic cases.

Authors
  • Disney, R H L
  • Munk, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical and veterinary entomology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2004
Volume
18
Issue
4
Pages
442–444
Identifiers
PMID: 15642012
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The larvae of small Diptera, such as Phoridae, from forensic cases are frequently identified by rearing out the adults. However, parasitoid Hymenoptera are often obtained instead. Rather than discarding these, it is suggested that, with a knowledge of their durations of development, they can be employed as surrogates for their hosts for estimating a minimum postmortem interval. Some data for a forensically important species of Phoridae parasitized by a species of Braconidae are presented.

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