SCIENCE
01/20/2012 08:38 am ET

Swat This! Fly Aerial Somersault In Slow Motion (VIDEO)

Fly's got skills. The "fly aerial somersault" seen in the slow motion video is actually an escape maneuver performed when a fly is taken by surprise.

The tumble allows the little devils to regain control before buzzing off to annoy another picnicker.

Flies aren't easy to swat when they first launch off a surface, and this looks like the reason why. Their initial flight path is unpredictable and helps give them that edge right before you time your swing of death.

According to New Scientist, the short slow motion film is one of the winners in a competition held by Wageningen University, the same university that lipdubs Ke$sha's "Tik Tok" as their promo video.

At least they could put the Jack down long enough to do a bit of research.

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