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Old 06-09-2012, 05:57 AM   #1
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Default Mosquitoes don't let the rain get them down

Ever wonder why mosquitoes don't drown in a rainstorm?

"Less is more, the saying goes. But for a mosquito in flight dodging a barrage of raindrops up to fifty times its own body weight, less is best."
"The match-up between a mosquito and a raindrop is decidedly uneven. Mosquitoes are typically 3 millimetres long, and they weigh about 2 milligrams. At 2–8 millimetres in diameter, raindrops are similar in size to mosquitoes, but they can weigh up to 100 milligrams and plunge through the air at speeds of up to 9 metres per second. So to a avoid a knockout punch, mosquitoes have evolved a zen-like ability to become one with the drop."

Mosquitoes don't let the rain get them down : Nature News & Comment
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