Forensic Entomology Teaching Collection

Forensic entomology, simply put, is the “use of arthropods in criminal-legal investigations”. This definition is purposefully broad due to the variety of useful information which forensic entomology can contribute to an investigation. 

Forensic entomology is growing as a discipline, particularly within the last few decades with entomologist testimony being instrumental in several investigations such as the Casey Anthony Trial, Lynn Harper murder, and the Vincent Brothers trial. Forensic entomology has even been highlighted within several popular TV shows and movies such as Bones, CSI, Silence of the Lambs, etc. (although not always 100% accurately portrayed thanks to Hollywood!). 

Included within this kit are 30 examples of the most significant species for forensic entomology within North America, though thanks to anthropization many of these species are found globally. Therefore, the included specimens help to illustrate the primary groups of arthropods associated with homicide investigations, regardless of locality. 

These kits have been designed by BioQuipBugs owner Royce Cumming who is an active forensic entomologist within the Western United States. To learn more about the discipline of forensic entomology, we recommend you check out the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA) for more information. []

Specimens come either pinned or preserved in alcohol in clear, archival-quality glass vials with poly-seal caps to prevent evaporation. All specimens are sent with alcohol-proof, typed specimen data labels, and species identification tags. Kits are sold in riker-style frames to protect the specimens while being handled, but still allow their easy viewing by students. 


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