Black Soldier Fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) Colonization of Pig Carrion in South Georgia

    Volume 50, Issue 1 (January 2005)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 2005

    Page Count: 2


    Sheppard, DC
    Texas A&M University, 1229 N. U.S. Hwy 281 Stephenville, Texas

    Joyce, JA
    Texas A&M University, 1229 N. U.S. Hwy 281 Stephenville, Texas

    Tomberlin, JK

    (Received 19 November 2003; accepted 9 September 2004)

    Abstract

    The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.), is thought to colonize corpses 20–30 days postmortem. However, recent observations indicate this might not be true for all cases. Therefore, we conducted a study examining colonization by the black soldier fly and other Diptera on pig carrion in a plowed field in southern Georgia from 20 September through 21 February. Our data indicate black soldier flies could colonize a corpse within the first week after death. Knowing this information could prevent a serious mistake in estimating the time at which a corpse is colonized by this species. This study also represents the first record of Chrysomya rufifacies in Georgia.


    Paper ID: JFS2003391

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003391

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    Title Black Soldier Fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) Colonization of Pig Carrion in South Georgia
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    Committee E30