True Facts: The Mosquito

October 9, 2021 by 28 Comments

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Research Articles:
Aldersley, A., Cator, L.J. Female resistance and harmonic convergence influence male mating success in Aedes aegypti. Sci Rep 9, 2145 (2019).

Bomphrey, R., Nakata, T., Phillips, N. et al. Smart wing rotation and trailing-edge vortices enable high frequency mosquito flight. Nature 544, 92–95 (2017).

Cator LJ, Arthur BJ, Harrington LC, Hoy RR. Harmonic convergence in the love songs of the dengue vector mosquito. Science. 2009 Feb 20;323(5917):1077-9. doi: 10.1126/science.1166541. Epub 2009 Jan 8. PMID: 19131593; PMCID: PMC2847473.

Cator LJ, Harrington LC. The Harmonic Convergence of Fathers Predicts the Mating Success of Sons in Aedes aegypti. Anim Behav. 2011;82(4):627-633. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.07.013

Choo YM, Buss GK, Tan K, Leal WS. Multitasking roles of mosquito labrum in oviposition and blood feeding. Front Physiol. 2015;6:306. Published 2015 Oct 29. doi:10.3389/fphys.2015.00306

Choumet V, Attout T, Chartier L, Khun H, Sautereau J, Robbe-Vincent A, Brey P, Huerre M, Bain O. Visualizing non infectious and infectious Anopheles gambiae blood feedings in naive and saliva-immunized mice. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e50464. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050464. Epub 2012 Dec 13. PMID: 23272060; PMCID: PMC3521732.

Jones, J., Murray, G.P.D. & McCall, P.J. A minimal 3D model of mosquito flight behaviour around the human baited bed net. Malar J 20, 24 (2021).

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League GP, Harrington LC, Pitcher SA, Geyer JK, Baxter LL, Montijo J, Rowland JG, Johnson LM, Murdock CC, Cator LJ. Sexual selection theory meets disease vector control: Testing harmonic convergence as a “good genes” signal in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2021 Jul 2;15(7):e0009540. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0009540. PMID: 34214096; PMCID: PMC8282061.

Ma Y, Xu J, Yang Z, Wang X, Lin Z, Zhao W, Wang Y, Li X, Shi H. A video clip of the biting midge Culicoides anophelis ingesting blood from an engorged Anopheles mosquito in Hainan, China. Parasit Vectors. 2013 Nov 13;6(1):326. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-6-326. PMID: 24499575; PMCID: PMC3833289.

Matthews BJ, Younger MA, Vosshall LB. The ion channel ppk301 controls freshwater egg-laying in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Elife. 2019 May 21;8:e43963. doi: 10.7554/eLife.43963. PMID: 31112133; PMCID: PMC6597239.

Nakata, Toshiyuki & Phillips, Nathan & Simoes, Patricio & Russell, Ian & Cheney, Jorn & Walker, Simon & Bomphrey, Richard. (2020). Aerodynamic imaging by mosquitoes inspires a surface detector for autonomous flying vehicles. Science. 368. 10.1126/science.aaz9634.

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28 Replies to “True Facts: The Mosquito”

  1. zefrank1 says:

    Learn to think! Happy to be sponsored by
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  2. KosmicKrow says:

    D E M O N B A B Y

  3. anguis says:

    2:11 D E M O N ᴮ ᴬ ʸ ᴮ ᴱ ᴴ

  4. Last time I was this early, mosquitos were still tolerable.

  5. TheCriiss180 says:

    sound like this video was a pain in the ass to make so thank you it was amazing

  6. Jellysquid says:

    I'm glad you're uploading again, but Holy crap this episode made me feel itchy…

  7. Aaannnnddddd now I need a shower.

  8. any thing says:

    What happened to Jerry?😢

  9. ✝️
    Fellowship invite

  10. Thanks, now I hate mosquitoes even more now.


  12. I feel TRICKED! Clickbait, nobody said anything about learning anything.

  13. Zach Steiner says:

    I’m here in within 30 minutes of you posting! Did I make it before all of the……. buzzzzz?

    I’ll see myself out.

  14. Brown says:

    If only we could invent a laser beam that rotates around the world to burn only mosquitoes and flys 🪰
    I'd be outside more

  15. 17 minutes long on the worst thing that breathes on planet earth.

  16. Did i hear the phrase , "dicked by a skeeter."

  17. varanidguy says:

    What are mosquitos good for? They're pollinators. That's what, Jerry!

  18. 虎落ブエ says:

    "Mosquito says hello"
    I say fuck off

  19. Wyllram says:

    Oh God I have the holes thing

  20. Kerry Berger says:

    ZeFrank: I so enjoy your True Facts videos. You have a wonderful sense of humor. Initially, I thought this series was being voiced by Morgan Freeman. Your voice sounds similar. Keep up the great work.

  21. ScriptKeeper says:

    Best. Ad. Read. EVER!

  22. Alex Hadden says:

    patiently i waited. i was rewarded with 17 minutes of satisfaction.

  23. fugithegreat says:

    It cannot be understated how much I appreciate True Facts videos! They never fail to teach me many new things and make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times.

  24. do they have a use for nature other than making people crazy

  25. Sephiroth says: