The Forensic Entomology Case Report-A Global Perspective. Academic Article uri icon


  • Forensic practitioners analyzing entomological evidence are faced with numerous challenges when presenting their findings to law practitioners, particularly in terms of terminology used to describe insect age, what this means for colonization time of remains, and the limitations to estimates made. Due to varying legal requirements in different countries, there is no standard format for the entomological case report prepared, nor any guidelines as to the sections that are required, optional or unnecessary in a case report. The authors herein propose sections that should be considered when drafting an entomological case report. The criteria under which entomological evidence is analyzed are discussed, as well as the limitations for each criterion. The concept of a global, standardized entomological case report is impossible to achieve due to national legislative differences, but the authors here propose a basic template which can be adapted and changed according to the needs of the practitioner. Furthermore, while the discussion is fairly detailed, capturing all differences between nations could not be accomplished, and those initiating casework for the first time are encouraged to engage other practicing forensic entomologists or professional associations within their own nation or region, to ensure a complete report is generated that meets lab or national requirements, prior to generating a finalized report.

published proceedings

  • Insects

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Kotz, Z., Aimar, S., Amendt, J., Anderson, G. S., Bourguignon, L., Hall, M., & Tomberlin, J. K.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • KotzĂ©, ZanthĂ©||Aimar, Sylvain||Amendt, Jens||Anderson, Gail S||Bourguignon, Luc||Hall, Martin JR||Tomberlin, Jeffery K

publication date

  • March 2021