Time of developmental stages AF (after fertilization)

Range first larval instar (24-49hrs AF) second instar (49-72hrs AF) early third instar (72-150hrs AF) hours after fertilization
Organism Fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster
Reference Matamoro-Vidal A, Salazar-Ciudad I, Houle D. Making quantitative morphological variation from basic developmental processes: Where are we? The case of the Drosophila wing. Dev Dyn. 2015 Jan 23. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24255. p. 1060 right column 3rd paragraphPubMed ID25619644
Primary Source Madhavan M, Schneiderman H. 1977. Histological analysis of the dynamics of growth of imaginal discs and histoblast nests during the larval development of Drosophila melanogaster. Wilhelm Roux’s Arch 183 :269–305. link & Garcia-Bellido A, Merriam JR. 1971. Parameters of the Wing Imaginal Disc Development of Drosophila melanogaster. Dev Biol 24: 61–87. PubMed ID5001010
Comments p. 1060 right column 3rd paragraph:"In the first larval instar (24 to 49 hr after fertilization [AF]), the wing disc grows moderately and without cell division (primary source Madhavan & Schneiderman). Growth becomes exponential during the second (49–72 hr AF) and early third instar (72–150 hr AF), then achieving ∼10–11 rounds of cell divisions, each of which takes ∼8.5 hr at 25 °C (primary source Garcia-Bellido & Merriam, 1971)." Duration of each stage: 1st larval instar ~25 hrs (moderate, no division), 2nd instar ~ 23 hrs (exponential), early 3rd instar ~78 hrs (exponential).
Entered by Uri M
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