Nature & Environment
Why do mosquitoes not die in the rain ?
By T.K. Randall
June 5, 2012 · 15 comments
Image Credit: CDC
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.
Source: LA Times
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