How Do Mosquitoes Fly in the Rain?

Not very well, apparently:

The mosquitoes’ low mass and speed – and thus low inertia – means that the raindrops are largely unaffected by the collisions. Thus, the drops don’t splash on the bugs. “The most probable impact is one that rotates the mosquito instead of pushing it vertically downward,” Hu says.

Indeed, Hu and company’s video analysis shows that, after pushing past the mosquitoes, falling drops have lost very little speed. “Consider this analogy,” Hu says: “A falling boulder hits a slowly falling human. The human, unless hit square-on, will be pushed aside quickly, and continue falling at a speed similar to pre-impact. Should the same boulder hit the earth, the boulder will break into many pieces.”

via Newswise


5 Responses to How Do Mosquitoes Fly in the Rain?

  1. But that tumble that is imparted on the mosquito (or human in the analogy) is still enough to kill them.
    Anyone who has ever been camping in New Hampshire (or lived there) can tell, every last mosquito is gone after a rain and stays gone for a day or so (after which, they're back with abandon)

    • Not all scientists are in human medical areas? Studying the mosquito is actually very important, because mosquitoes SPREAD DISEASES THAT KILL MILLIONS EVERY YEAR…. Just sayin'.

  2. Wait. The article asks "How do mosquitoes fly in the rain?" Then it says, "Not very well, apparently." Then the story goes on to explain that the mosquitoes are not much affected by the rain. So, apparently, they fly just fine in the rain.
    Poor headline writing, bad editing, innefective proof reading, lousy content.