The Top 8 Flying Animals That Aren't Birds

When flying, dragonflies can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. There are four wings on these insects, and the angles and shapes of each one are connected to a muscle. These creatures have the ability to fly by manipulating their wings.


The hawk moth can reach speeds of 33.7 mph. Aerobatic powers include hovering and rapid speeds. In southern California, Arkansas, and Texas, these moths are common.

 Hawk Moth

The hoary bat is a common North, Central, and South American bat. They can fly 13 mph and explode up to 25 mph. They use echolocation to fly, like most bats. So they produce a sharp cry and identify objects from the reflected sound.

 Hoary Bat

The northern flying squirrel is one of two species in the U.S. They use a membrane attached to their front and rear legs to soar through the air. They jump and stretch to show the membrane to move between trees.

 Northern flying squirrel 

Desert locusts are swarming, crop-damaging grasshoppers with short horns.Four wings flap 900 times each minute. A swarm of locusts may move 100 miles per day at 21 mph.


Flatties are wall crab spiders with flat bodies. These spiders don't need silk to look to be flying. They can glide through trees using their feet. Flatties tilt their right front leg to turn left. To turn right, they use their left front leg.

Flattie Spiders

The Draco lizard lives in southeast Asian jungles. Unfurled skin between their ribs resembles wings. They can fly 190 feet with their tails. Territorial, they glide to scare off other lizards.

Draco lizard

Unlike other snakes, the paradise tree snake can glide and turn. S-shaped and 65 feet long. SEA daytime snakes. Green, yellow, and red flower-like scales are 5 feet long.

Paradise Tree Snake

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