Friday, October 28, 2011

Mosquito Versus Raindrop

Mosquitoes seem to thrive in humid places where heavy rainfall is common. Can mosquitoes fly in the rain and if so, how? A raindrop may be similar in size but weighs 50 times more than a mosquito. David Hu, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta used high speed cameras and a specially constructed "rain box" to film the insects in flight. The mosquitoes showed no sign of trying to avoid the raindrops. They received both glancing blows and direct hits from drops, which momentarily knocked the insects off course before they re-stabilized and continued on their way.
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