Which animal has the smallest heart? © Getty Images

Which animal has the smallest heart?

The heart of this creature is so small it's like something out of a fairy tail...

Asked by: Katy Williams, Burntwood

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Insects have hearts, although nothing like our familiar muscular mammalian hearts. These consist of a narrow tube along the insect’s back that pumps blood (or hemolymph) towards their head. This circulates fluid in an open system with no veins or arteries. The smallest insect is said to be the fairy fly (above), which is a type of wasp that’s less than 0.2 millimetres long. You’d need a microscope to see its heart.


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