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In Death Is Life
πŸ“½ by @hellaflushdoe

A dead anole becomes a nursery for some sarcophaga bullata larvae.

Also known as “flesh flies,” this particular species of fly doesn’t lay eggs, the female deposits live larvae directly into ANY dead tissue – which they feed on until they pupate.

They are remarkably determined, known for flying through even the most extreme weather conditions to reach a good spot to deposit their young.

This is an important thing to factor into a forensic investigation when using the species to determine an approximate time of death OR how long a corpse has been at a certain location.

Yes, these flys are so prevalent in the United States that their larvae are quite often used to estimate the post-mortem interval (elapsed time since death) at a crime scene, using the age/size/life stage of the larvae to make their approximation.



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