Black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) colonization of pig carrion in south Georgia. Academic Article uri icon


  • The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.), is thought to colonize corpses 20-30 days postmortem. However, recent observations indicate this might not be true for all cases. Therefore, we conducted a study examining colonization by the black soldier fly and other Diptera on pig carrion in a plowed field in southern Georgia from 20 September through 21 February. Our data indicate black soldier flies could colonize a corpse within the first week after death. Knowing this information could prevent a serious mistake in estimating the time at which a corpse is colonized by this species. This study also represents the first record of Chrysomya rufifacies in Georgia.

published proceedings

  • J Forensic Sci

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Tomberlin, J. K., Sheppard, D. C., & Joyce, J. A.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Tomberlin, Jeffery K||Sheppard, D Craig||Joyce, John A

publication date

  • January 2005