A combination of keen senses and quick reflexes may help mosquitoes avoid a sticky end by riding the pressure wave generated as a swatter sweeps through the air
By Jake Buehler
Anopheles mosquitoes can be difficult to swat while in flight
Even under the cover of darkness, mosquitoes are surprisingly difficult to swat, and we may be closer to understanding why. They sense and exploit the airflow created by a swatter moving at speed and quickly reorientate themselves so they can ride the air pressure waves to safety.
Little is known about how flying insects anticipate and avoid looming threats in the dark, so Antoine Cribellier and colleagues at Wageningen University in the Netherlands put Anopheles coluzzii mosquitoes to the test. …
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