Why Are Insects So Hard To Swat?

9 January 2018, 16:09 | Updated: 9 January 2018, 16:10

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Mystery Hour Question.

Why can insects get away from swatting so quickly?

Dwight, Battersea.


Name: Duncan, Richmond.

Qualification: Told by his father as a child.

Answer: Insects have a higher 'flicker-frequency' than humans. This means they can process light faster than humans as they have a higher metabolism. Images travel from their eyes to their brains very quickly, allowing them to react and escape from being swatted.