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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:44 AM
When I was fairly young, (a long time ago), the reason mosquitos dont get hit by rainfall was explained by the fact that the falling droplet of water builds up air pressure in front of it (on the underside). When the droplet of water approaches the small insect the air pressure forces the insect out of the way. They even had slow mo video footage of this actually occuring. However, in a heavy downpour the chances of survival were slim.
Then I read this artlcle whcih says
''The short answer is that the mosquitoes are so light that they simply hitch a ride on the raindrop without any significant force being transferred to them''
I like this line, they make it sound like mosquitoes can be educated.
They're a lot more capable than some humans I know.
Edited by Octans, 05 June 2012 - 01:44 PM.
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After reading the LA Times article.. It should read "... raindrops are 50 times HEAVIER than a mosquito", which does make more sense, however the author obviously hasn't been to Australia where we have the world's biggest (and therefore, heaviest) Mozzies!
Hmm... Interesting. I thought they did like most life forms and just took cover somewhere until it stopped raining. I did not think they were hopping into big rain drops, then jumping off before they hit the ground. Seems like a whole lot of trouble.