I concur with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943): we are born with a strong appreciation of the world around us that most of us lose as we grow up. While few adults have much empathy with insects, they are a source of fascination for most children, at least until they start school. The problem facing professional entomology is how to sustain and encourage that early attitude so that we recruit passionate and well-prepared people into the profession, and sensitise the remainder of the population to the value of insects.
In the last century, the primary texts on forensic entomology were those by Smith (1986) for reference, and Catts & Haskell (1990) for teaching and training. Between their publication and that of the first edition of Forensic Entomology : The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations (Byrd & Castner 2000), about 16 research papers relevant to forensic entomology appeared each year; since then it has been over 40, and several more books (Greenberg & Kunish 2002; Wyss & Cherix 2006; Gennard 2007; Amendt et al. 2010) have appeared. With so much research accumulating, it was certainly time for an updated edition.