Dead fly on a fly swat, SEM

Dead fly on a fly swat, SEM

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This image is part of the feature Insect Detectives

Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dead fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an unidentified fly (order Diptera) that has been killed by a fly swat. Insects can help in solving crimes, an area named forensic entomology. The identification of flies found swarming around a dead body can lead to evidence based on the eggs laid on the dead body. Well-defined stages of the decomposition of a body, and the associated types of insect, help in estimating the time of death. Some insects are specific to certain locations and can be used as evidence for whether a suspect has been at a crime scene. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, caught, coloured, crime research, crushed, dead, death, decay, decomposition, diptera, fly, forensic entomology, forensics, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, killed, nature, pest control, scanning electron micrograph, sem, squashed, swat, swatted, wildlife, zoology

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