Decomposition studies, with a catalog and descriptions of forensically important blow flies (Diptera : Calliphoridae) in Central Texas
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This study was conducted in Brazos and Burleson Counties of Central Texas using 20-25 lb swine carcasses as bait. The pig carcasses were allowed to decompose to skeletonization, and the blow flies and other arthropods associating with the carcasses at the various stages of decomposition were collected and identified in order to catalog their occurrence. Twenty-three families of insects and mites were identified. The species of blow flies associating with the carcasses were studied closely in order to make preliminary predictions about the seasons in which they occur in this area of Texas.