How Fast Can an Insect Fly?

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How Fast Can an Insect Fly?

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Early in this century, a scientist claimed that the tiny insect called the deer botfly was the fastest living thing on earth, flying at speeds of 818 miles per hour. That’s faster then the speed of sound! You may still read about the deer botfly’s tremendous speed in some books, but scientists today know that no insect can fly t

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The fastest insect on record, that has been reliably measured, is the Australian dragon fly – which has a top speed of around 57 km/h. Contrary to popular myth, the deer botfly CANNOT fly faster than a jet plane. It would be crushed by the pressure.

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That depends on the size and speed of the wings. Houseflies can go fast because they have small wings that flap quickly. The same is true for honeybees. A honeybee can flap its small wings 225 times each second, and it can fly fourteen miles an hour. That’s fast for an insect.

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That depends on the size and speed of the wings. Houseflies can go fast…

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