can a fly hear? -learn with navarone-

the more we study the senses of different animals, the more do we learn that the sense of hearing ranks high in the scale, and comes late in the history of the progress of life; and thus we find that various creatures, whose powers of touch and of smell and of vision are marvellous, seem to be almost, or entirely, deaf.

there are a few insects which can hear, but the greatest number, including flies, cannot hear at all.  every imaginable kind of sound has been tried, and insects, with the exception of very few, take no notice whatever. lord avebury who made a study of insects felt that they might respond to sounds too high-pitched for human years, but he could not get them to take any notice.

the highest string of a violin has been scraped an inch away from bees engaged in pillaging flowers and they have taken no notice whatever. the senses of insects, including flies, are so wonderful, and in some respects so superior to our own, that it is immensely interesting to find that nearly all insects are perfectly deaf.

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6 Responses to can a fly hear? -learn with navarone-

  1. Lauri says:

    Amazing! I am now going out to my garden to sneak up behind bees and clap my hands. I'll get back to you if I get any reactions!

  2. dewitte says:

    That's actually a common misconception. Flies can hear, they are just really, really good at ignoring us. Except when we slap them of course. Bees, on the other hand, are completely deaf. Who could imagine that the lonely bee had something in common with Beethoven. Get it? BEE-thoven?I crack myself up.

  3. Lauri says:

    Bahaha! Ok, ya got a snert outta me, TOO! 😀

  4. cha0tic says:

    Hive got to admit that was quite good.

  5. both your senses of humour are a-'pollen'.

  6. thats 'appalling'

    if you have to explain it, it spoils it really.

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