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A mosquito's secret weapon: a light touch and strong wings


October 18, 2017

How do mosquitoes land and take off without our noticing? Using high-speed video cameras, a team from the University of California, Berkeley, and Wageningen University has found part of the answer: mosquitoes' long legs allow them to slowly and gently push off, but their wings provide the majority of the lift, even when fully laden with a blood meal. For comparison, mosquitoes push off with forces much less than those of an escaping fruit fly. Full Story

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University of California, Berkeley

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