Volume 34, Issue 2 (March 1989)
Time Since Death Definition by Experimental Reproduction of Lucilia Sericata Cycles in Growth Cabinet
Ten life cycles of Lucilia sericata (Megnin), reared in the field with continuous registration of temperature, humidity, and luminosity, have been compared to parallel life cycles reared in a growth cabinet. Thanks to this apparatus, constructed according to the directions of the authors, it is possible to change at will some fundamental microclimatic parameters such as lighting, temperature, and humidity to reproduce, with a single programming, the environmental conditions recorded in the field. Our results showed that, statistically, there is no difference between life cycles reared in the field and those reared in the laboratory in artificial field-like conditions.