Mosquito Buzz

Before I started my Master’s degree I previously did research on bioacoustics in birds. You may be familiar with the songs of birds. Many bird songs are used for courtship. However did you know that buzz of the mosquito can play a role in mating?

In Aedes aegypti wing beat frequency plays a crucial role in mating. The buzz of mosquitoes is the sound of wing beats. Males and females differ in their wing beat frequencies.  Male Aedes aegypti use the differences in frequency to detect females. Once a female is detected a male will approach the female in flight. When the male is a few centimeters away he can adjust his wing beat frequency. If the female is interested in the male she will match his wing beat frequency. The pair essentially perform a duet and become a mating pair.

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Aedes aegypti mating pair

2018-11-07T21:44:25+00:00July 23rd, 2015|News|

About the Author:

I am an assistant professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, with an abiding interest in arthropod vectors of disease and their ecology.