A recent discovery in mosquitoes’ potential ways to attract attention of potential mates has led a team of researchers from the John Hopkins University to direct efforts into creating an advanced computer modeling which will further help to comprehend the acoustics and aerodynamics of mating rituals among mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes do not just flap their wings to stay aloft but the sound generated by the flapping wings in return also attracts the attention of potential mates.
According to the research engineers, Rajat Mittal and Jung-Hee Seo, the mosquitoes use the same wings for generating sound, which are also significant for the mosquitoes to fly. The mosquitoes are therefore capable of doing both the things at the same time and they are effective at doing so. This has been attributed as an important reason for developing malaria and other mosquito borne diseases.
The team’s latest study hence concentrates on the mosquitoes’ adaption for accomplishing sound-based communication. Experts allege, the study will further help in understanding the various strategies used by mosquitoes to regulate their aeroacoustic noise. This will in return also shed light on the development of quiet drones and creation of other bioinspired micro-aerial vehicles.
In other words, the study will help in developing quieter rotors for drones and will also inform how sound can be used to interrupt the mating ritual. This will further result into creating non-toxic methods to disturb their breeding and also to reduce the mosquito population.
“The wing tones as well as the aerodynamic forces for flight are highly directional and mosquitoes need to simultaneously control both for the successful completion of a mate-chase,” the study results allege.