2.5.7. Conclusion

The possible variation in developmental time between different lineages should be taken into account when designing experiments in which the age of immatures or adult is important. In the literature, development times can be given in hours or days and counted from different starting points (oviposition by the queen, hatching, emergence). This makes the body of work available difficult to rely on and should be considered to avoid mistakes in experimental design. The margin of error when considering development time in days is rather large (24 h) and makes it challenging to set boundaries between developmental stages.