0331 Caterpillars and casualty: Working a death scene in Galveston, TX

Sunday, November 16, 2008: 4:47 PM
Room A9, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Sibyl R. Bucheli , Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Joan A. Bytheway , College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
The necrophilous feeding habit for Tinea pellionella, the case-making clothes moth, is described for caterpillars retrieved from desiccated human remains discovered in a urban death scene in Texas. A detailed description is provided for the first time of the mothÂ’s case-building behavior when feeding on human remains and discusses the as of yet undocumented incorporation of human head hair into case construction. Finally, a protocol for the extraction of human mtDNA from the descendantÂ’s head hair that was incorporated in case architecture is presented..

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.36003