We present data from the fi rst study of successional patterns of insect fauna in Calabria (southern Italy).Th e aim was to identify and qualitatively assess the major taxa of forensic importance in this region.Studies were conducted in autumn-winter 2006, summer 2007 and winter 2008 in the Botanical Garden,University of Calabria. Over 50 taxa were collected and identifi ed. Th e most abundant fl y species wereLucilia caesar (Linnaeus, 1758), L. sericata (Meigen, 1826), Chrysomya albiceps (Wiedemann, 1819),Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, C. vomitoria (Linnaeus, 1758) , Sarcophaga spp ., Amobia sp .,Musca domestica Linnaeus, 1758, and Muscina stabulans ((Fallén). Th e successional patterns, relative abundanceof adult sarcosaprophagous insects, carcass decay, diversity and seasonality of species are describedand the taxa useful for estimating the post-mortem interval (PMI) are identifi ed. Th e data of this studycould be very useful for further forensic investigations in southern Italy.
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