Forensic entomology

Forensic entomology is the study of insects and other arthropods (ie spiders, mites) in a situation where a crime may have been committed.  The insects recovered from a crime scene can provide vital information for the investigating team. 

The most common role for Museum forensic entomologists is establishing a minimum time since death in suspicious cases, by analysing the carrion insects on the body.

The  Museum's has an unparalleled collection of over 28 million insect specimens and approximately 50 staff with considerable expertise. 

All of our casework is supported by high-quality scientific research to extend our knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of insects of forensic importance.

What we offer

Post mortem

Dr Hall working on a post-mortem

  • Collection of evidence from
    • crime scenes
    • post-mortems
  • Insect identification from
    • crime scenes
    • foodstuff
    • buildings
  • Analysis of insect evidence
    • expert witness report
    • courtroom testimony 
Calliphora vicina female.

Calliphora vicina female

  • Training in forensic entomology for
    • crime scene investigators 
    • pathologists
    • students
    • providing
      • advice on recovering insect evidence 
      • presentations
      • lectures
  • Research 
    • laboratory studies on blowfly development
    • succession studies on cadavers
  • Searching at a forensic scene for insect evidence
    Investigations

    The most common role for Museum forensic entomologists is establishing a minimum time since death in suspicious cases, by analysing carrion insects on the body.

  • The Museum's forensic entomology team.
    Forensic entomology team

    Find out more about the forensic entomology team and their expertise.

For further information contact 

Dr Martin Hall

Division of vectors and parasites
Department of Life sciences
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5715
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5229
Email us

NHM Consulting

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD
UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5019
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5841

Email us: nhmconsulting@nhm.ac.uk

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