Forensic entomology is a fly-speckled window into past days, weeks, months.
Adult blow flies appear a metallic green or blue;
larvae commonly recovered lack functional legs.
Flies in the family Sarcophagidae deposit living larvae.
Flies can also exhibit preferences for carcasses
in shade or sunlit conditions. Victims that are incapacitated
(bound, drugged, or otherwise helpless) often have associated
feces- and urine-soaked clothes. Such material will attract
species of flies that otherwise would not be recovered.
The voracious appetite of the insects on corpses
can quickly skeletonize the remains.
She liked nature, and hiking.
The woods were lovely at that time of year.
It was sunny that day, and the weather stayed nice for weeks.
©2001 F.J. Bergmann
"Looking Backward" appeared on Tattoo Highway # 8, winner of the "Picture Worth 500 Words" contest
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