Faunal succession of necrophilous insects associated with carrion in Rowan County, Kentucky
Juli M. Taylor, email@example.com, Morehead State University, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, 849 Old Flemingsburg Road, Morehead, KY
Numerous species of insects utilize carrion as food in at least one stage of their life cycle, which is commonly the larval stage, while other insects are attracted to the larvae feeding on the carrion. Three pig heads were used to generate an initial taxonomic list and record the faunal succession of necrophilous insects for Rowan County, Kentucky. Within the first ten hours adult Phaenicia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) deposited eggs on all three pig heads, which matured to larvae within 36 hours. Several beetles including Creophilus maxillosus (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) and Necrophilia americana (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera: Silphidae), which are known predators on fly larvae, appeared on all three pig heads the same day the blow fly larvae emerged. The first studies were completed from late-August through September (summer season) and from late-October through mid-November (fall season). A faunal succession of necrophilous insects was also generated for an adult deer from late-May through June. Faunal successions will also be generated for whole pigs during the summer and fall seasons.
Species 1: Diptera Calliphoridae Phaeniciasericata Species 2: Coleoptera Silphidae Necrophiliaamericana Species 3: Coleoptera Staphylinidae Creophilusmaxillosus