Are you looking for an engaging activity for your forensic entomology unit? Have your students create their own BODY FARM! This classroom entomology lab experiment requires your students to design and execute their own “body farm” to observe the life cycle of insects.
This lab can be done individually, in lab groups/cohorts, or as an entire class! It includes both a print and digital (Google Slides) version that can be edited to fit your classroom needs. All you need are a few whole chickens (the kind you purchase from the grocery store) and an area to set up your experiment!
⭐Teacher Instructions and Set-Up (with images)
⭐Printable Student Lab Sheet (5 pages)- editable
⭐Digital Student Lab (Google Slides) document- editable
Please note: -This lab is not guaranteed to produce blowflies at all life cycle stages. There are so many factors to be considered when conducting this lab. -This lab requires 2-3 weeks of observation -In the right conditions, blowflies arrive immediately and eggs can be seen within 4 hours -In the right conditions, eggs will become instar 1 maggots within 24 hours -This lab works best in temperatures above 60 degrees F. -This lab may attract other critters/animals. I recommend protecting your experiment with a cage. I have some suggestions for inexpensive ways to protect your experiment in the preview. -This lab STINKS! I do not recommend setting up this experiment within 50-75 yards of an occupied building. -Ensure that your students wear gloves and wash their hands when touching the specimens. -I have used this lab with a cooked, rotisserie chicken with great results as well. -In my experience, rain was not a problem. In fact, the years that I have done this lab that had rainy days, I had my best results.
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