Mosquitoes flap wings to flirt

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The flapping of mosquitoes is just for not keeping them stay aloft but the murmuring of wings is now know to be a way of attracting their partners.

The anatomy and flight physiology have been adapted for both flying and also flirt at the same time. The wing tones and the aerodynamics of flight are directional for attracting their mates.

This has been revealed in a study on acoustics and aerodynamics and of mosquito mating through computer modelling. The study was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, US.

The study published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics journal says that male mosquitoes flap their long wings at high frequencies and rotate them at the end of each stroke so as to get connected with the low-frequency sound of female mosquitoes. This is what comes as flirting for the mosquitoes to attract its opposite sex,.

The quick rotation of wings gives an additional lift force to keep them aloft and also in directing the sound produced in a forward direction, which is said to have an impact in chasing potential partners.

Indian origin Mechanical Engineer Rajat Mittal, who was also part of the study was quoted as saying that the findings could lead to non-toxic methods for disrupting the breeding of mosquitoes and help in reducing their numbers.


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