Effects of environmental temperature on oviposition behavior in three blow fly species of forensic importance

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Ody, Helen, Bulling, Mark T. and Barnes, Kate M. 2017. Effects of environmental temperature on oviposition behavior in three blow fly species of forensic importance. Forensic Science International. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.03.001
AuthorsOdy, Helen, Bulling, Mark T. and Barnes, Kate M.
Abstract

A number of factors are known to affect blow fly behavior with respect to oviposition. Current research indicates that temperature is the most significant factor. However temperature thresholds for oviposition in forensically important blow flies have not been well studied. Here, the oviposition behavior of three species of forensically important blow fly species (Calliphora vicina, Calliphora vomitoria and Lucilia sericata,) was studied under controlled laboratory conditions over a range of temperatures (10 to 40°C). Lower temperature thresholds for oviposition of 16°C and 17.5°C were established for C. vomitoria and L. sericata respectively, whilst C. vicina continued to lay eggs at 10°C. C. vomitoria and L. sericata both continued to lay eggs at 40°C, whilst the highest temperature at which oviposition occurred in C. vicina was 35°C. Within these thresholds there was considerable variation in the number of surviving pupae, with a general pattern of a single peak within the range of temperatures at which eggs were laid, but with the pattern being much less distinct for L. sericata

KeywordsForensic entomology; Calliphoridae; Post-mortem; Calliphora
Year2017
JournalForensic Science International
PublisherElsevier
ISSN3790738
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.03.001
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621550
hdl:10545/621550
Publication dates14 Mar 2017
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Accepted07 Mar 2017
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