#11268. Asked by Rick. (Mar 29 01 6:40 AM)
The highest maintainable air speed of any insect is 24 mph (39 km/h) by the Australian dragonfly, Austrophlebia costalis - this can rise to a maximum of 36 mph (58 km/h) in short bursts. The fastest insects on land are certain tropical cockroachs and the record is 3.36 mph or 50 body lengths per second by Periplaneta americana at the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.
Mar 29 01, 9:29 AM
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