May 14, 2021

Fruit flies can travel six million times their body length

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In a new study from the California Institute of Technology, experts have discovered that fruit flies can fly up to 15 kilometers in a single journey. This distance is the equivalent of the average human traveling over 10000 kilometers, or more than 6200 miles.

The record for the longest distance by a human was set in 2005, when an ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes ran continuously for 80 hours over 350 miles – roughly 324000 times his body length. The Caltech study has found that fruit flies can travel up to six million times the length of their body.

The experts designed a series of “release and recapture” experiments involving hundreds of thousands of fruit flies under various wind conditions.

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