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How fast can a housefly fly?

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Time to swat a few myths. Though they are often too fast for us to catch, it may just be some perfected acrobatics.

Asked by: Hugh Allen, Somerset


Not as fast as you think. They manage just 7km/hr – a brisk walking pace. They seem faster because they are very acrobatic and hard to catch. The fastest flying insects are dragonflies, with a top speed of 56km/hr (35mph).


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