Biorama™ preparation. Certain insects offer a lot of clues for forensic scientists trying to determine the time of death. This hands-on exhibit features several of these insects and presents students with a visual understanding of just how insect life cycles serve as biological timers.
The display shows the life stages of the blowfly using examples of eggs, larva, pupa, and adult with a description of the timing for each stage. The rove or hister beetle is similarly featured with examples of the egg, larva, and adult stages. Other general indicators included are the dermestid beetle and clothes moth larva.
All specimens, stored in vials, are fully labeled and housed in a 6 x 8″ display case that brings crime scene science to the classroom.