Maggot Monets

A Southeastern Louisiana University researcher uses paintings made by maggots to turn students on to forensic entomology

Vanessa Schipani
Oct 20, 2010
At the linkurl:USA Science & Engineering Expo;http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ in Washington, DC this weekend (23rd-24th October), scores of researchers from all over the United States will meet to sow the seeds of scientific interest in minds of America's youth. But one researcher stands out for the medium she uses to transmit her intellectual curiosity.
The making of maggot Monets
Randy Bergeron, SELU photographer
linkurl:Erin Watson,;http://entomology.lsu.edu/lsam/erin.htm a Southeastern Louisiana University researcher and one of more than 1500 exhibitors at the expo, will use paintings made by maggots to turn students on to her field.Though Watson's maggots will be engaged in artistic pursuits this weekend, they normally help her do her job as a forensic entomologist, which entails determining the approximate time of death at crime scenes. Blow files and flesh flies arrive at a body within minutes of death and lay their eggs immediately, says Watson, making them an extremely accurate means of...