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Why do mosquitoes not die in the rain ?

Posted on Tuesday, 5 June, 2012 | Comment icon 15 comments

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The average raindrop is 50 times bigger than a mosquito, so how do they avoid being killed ?

How mosquitoes are able to fly through a rainstorm without being clobbered by huge raindrops is a question that has puzzled scientists for years, given the relative size of a mosquito and a raindrop the collision would be like a person being hit by a bus. The answer is a lot simpler than it seems - a mosquito is so small that it can simply hitch a ride on the raindrop.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology were able to conclude that as long as a raindrop doesn't hit a mosquito while it is on the ground and as long as it manages to break away from the raindrop before it lands the insect will escape unscathed.

"Scientists have thus long pondered how mosquitoes can fly through a rainstorm without getting killed by such collisions, the impact of which is comparable to a human being hit by a bus."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by jgorman628 on 5 June, 2012, 14:06
Smacking a skeet out of the air with your hand does nothing to it. Smacking a skeet on a solid surface creates skeet goo. Not a surprising find.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lady Kasey on 5 June, 2012, 15:03
Mosquitos are just unnatural.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 5 June, 2012, 15:31
Rain drops are 50x larger than a mosquito...they obviously haven't seen the mosquitos where I live...
Comment icon #9 Posted by King Fluffs on 5 June, 2012, 15:46
Comment icon #10 Posted by dirtywormz on 5 June, 2012, 20:42
Raindrops are not 50 times bigger than a mosquito,, raindrops range in size from 0.5mm t 3mm diameter,, and no species of mosquito ranges in size of 0.01mm to 0.06mm.. Plain stupid
Comment icon #11 Posted by csspwns on 6 June, 2012, 1:24
acctually mosquitos are 50x bigger than a rain drop.
Comment icon #12 Posted by First-time Human on 6 June, 2012, 5:02
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!
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin on 6 June, 2012, 10:13
Bet a hailstone would slap them silly.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lava_Lady on 6 June, 2012, 17:59
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.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MidKn13ght on 6 June, 2012, 22:16
GRRR is there no stop to these things!!!!!

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