The concentration of proteins, sugars, lipids and DNA has been determined during the embryogenesis of Drosophila. The protein content decreases after fertilization, being in the late embryo only 60% the value of the oocyte. The total sugar increases about 2.5-fold, from 3.5 h on until the end of embryogenesis. The lipids increase with a sharp peak at about 4 h and decrease during the rest of embryogenesis. DNA increases exponentially from the beginning of embryogenesis.