Mosquitoes survive raindrop collisions by virtue of their low mass

  title={Mosquitoes survive raindrop collisions by virtue of their low mass},
  author={Andrew K. Dickerson and Peter G. Shankles and Nihar Madhavan and D. Hu},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={9822 - 9827}
  • Andrew K. Dickerson, Peter G. Shankles, +1 author D. Hu
  • Published 2012
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • In the study of insect flight, adaptations to complex flight conditions such as wind and rain are poorly understood. Mosquitoes thrive in areas of high humidity and rainfall, in which raindrops can weigh more than 50 times a mosquito. In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we here show that free-flying mosquitoes can survive the high-speed impact of falling raindrops. High-speed videography of those impacts reveals a mechanism for survival: A mosquito’s strong exoskeleton and low… CONTINUE READING
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