Volume 45, Issue 4 (July 2000)
Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Established in the Vicinity of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
The hairy maggot blow fly, Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) was collected in large numbers as both adults and immatures in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area during 1998 and is likely established there. The distribution of this species in the Old World, isothermal data, and its collection from mid-Michigan during 1998 suggest that it will eventually occupy most of the U.S. The forensic importance of C. rufifacies makes it probable that it will factor into an increasing number of medicolegal cases, but the expanding distribution of this species decreases its utility as a geographic indicator when postmortem movement of decedents is suspected.