High-speed photography shows fruit flies as super-fast escape artists

Fruit flies are magnificent flying machines, and here’s a high-speed video to prove it. Not only can the little buggers react to your flyswatting attacks within 100 thousandths of a second, their micro-brains are smart enough to plan an escape route ahead of time.

This video is fascinating. We’ve been practicing catching flies with our bare hands around here, and the advice of anticipating the fly’s direction of escape and sneaking up behind the varmint are both spot-on.

Even when resting, a fly’s brain is capable of 100 billion computations per second, pretty quick until you consider that the fastest supercomputers can now surpass 1 quadrillion computations per second.

Telegraph, via Neatorama