• Throw Out the Honey, Bring Out the Catfish: Examining the Effectiveness of Calliphoridae (Diptera) Bait (Poster)

    Paige Alexander (see profile)
    Item Type:
    Conference poster
    Conf. Title:
    University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum
    Conf. Org.:
    Michigan State University
    Conf. Loc.:
    Breslin Center, East Lansing
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    Entomology, Forensic Entomology, Calliphoridae
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    There is significant variation in the distribution of Diptera (true flies) that contribute to decomposition and are of forensic importance. In an effort to study this distribution, it is necessary to attract these species of dipteran via an artificial trapping method. However, there is no definitive answer to the bait that should be used to collect the greatest quantity of Diptera of forensic importance or the richest diversity. To understand the differences in baits for Diptera traps three butterfly traps were placed in three different areas of the USDA-ARS property in Kerrville, Texas. Traps were set in the morning and were baited with the same bait. They were then collected at the end of the day. The contents of the traps were then frozen and later identified. The specific baits used were beef liver and catfish filets. Diptera were collected off of road kill, and compared. This was done three times a week for six weeks in June through July. Eight calliphoridae species were collected, including Cochiomyia macellaria, Lucilia mexicana, and Chrysomya rufifacies. In total, 697 dipterans were collected, 588 from fish-baited traps, nine from liver-baited traps, and 100 from roadkill.
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