Relationship between the empirically measured critical weight of a fifth-instar larva and the predicted weight at which a fifth instar would have molted to a sixth larval instar. The predicted weight is based on the projected terminal weight of the last larval instar deduced from the exponential increase from instar to instar (Dyar's rule), as shown in Figure 4. The fit to a slope of 1 is excellent.
Nijhout et al. Journal of Biology 2006 5:16 doi:10.1186/jbiol43