The Life Cycle of Drosophila melanogaster
For about 100 years Drosophila has been used as a model organism in genetic analyses. In fact much of our current knowledge on genes, development and genetic interactions originates from work with this system. One reason to choose Drosophila is its short life cycle.
At room temperature – which for unknown reason corresponds to 25°C –
generation time is about 10 days:
1 day embryogenesis
1 day first instar larva
1 day second instar larva
2-3 days third instar larva
5 days pupal stage
Used in the article "The humble fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster — An Introduction" on SciTechLab blog.