Forensic Entomology: How to Solve a Crime

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 11 April 2018

Image © Mark Benecke.

In forensic cases, flies and beetles give clues about the “time since death” (developmental state of  the arthropods present), the location, as well as season of when a crime has occurred (biotope preference of animals attached to body). Recently, forensic entomology has also been used to determine how and when neglect of children and elderly have taken place. In archaeology, we have used this method to determine when and how thousands of mummies were put in the basement of a monastery in Italy. In this talk, we will present case reports, from an interval of over 25 years, in which the technique helped understand the circumstances of death and neglect in cases of crime and storage of corpses. 

Dr Mark Benecke FLS is head of International Forensic Research and Consulting and an Officially Certified and Sworn-in Expert for Biological Stains in Criminal Cases.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not essential, but to secure your place we recommend booking a ticket. 
  • Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.