Science Questions

How do insects manage to fly in the rain?

Sun, 5th Nov 2006

Part of the show Naked Science Q&A and Record Breaking Fireworks

Question

Dave from Ipswich asked:

How do insects manage to fly in the rain?

Answer

It depends on the insect. The large ones like butterflies don't; they hide somewhere dry such as under a leaf as a raindrop would do them a lot of damage and make them much heavier. On the other hand tiny insects such as midges are so small that they will tend to get blown out of the way with the air rushing around the raindrop as it falls.

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