Swatting mosquitoes has always been a much harder task than it sounds. Those pesky buggers are able to fly circles around you, and you still can’t seem to snag even a single one. Though there are mats, mosquito swatters, and countless other devices that promise to help you get rid of these tiny pests, not a single one works as well as it is advertised. Now scientists have been able to decode the mosquitoes’ secret and how they are able to evade death.
Mosquitoes fly at about two kilometers per hour (1.2mph), which seems ridiculously slow, however, shrink yourself to their size and the speed becomes insanely fast. If you were to shrink down to the size of a mosquito and fly, that measly 2 kmph speed would be equivalent to over 200 kmph! Even the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, won’t be able to come anywhere close that speed!
At their scale, the mosquitoes are going blindingly fast for something that small. However, that is not the only reason they are able to give you a slip. To help these pesky insects, nature has accorded them with big, round, and multifaceted eyes, just like those found on flies. In summation, mosquitoes have a panoramic view and are capable of seeing even above and behind them. Hence, it is quite difficult to sneak up on a mosquito, reported The Independent.
Besides this, humans are invariable slow, crawling giants in comparison to the tiny mosquito. In other words, your hand is just too slow, reported The Slate. The mosquito doesn’t need to move far to get away, while your big, slow hand has to travel all the way to your head. But these are not the only reasons that allow mosquitoes to make good with their escape, while you are left wringing in pain from clapping too hard.
In case you haven’t started to feel smaller than a mosquito yet, consider this: mosquitoes make decisions much faster than you.
When you decide to hit a fly, a signal goes from your brain to your spinal cord to your arm muscles to start the hand in motion. The time it takes is a few milliseconds. But once the mosquito sees motion, a signal from its brain goes to its nerve cord to its wing muscles, and the time ends up being a fraction of a nanosecond. Essentially, they think and act 100 times faster than you can. In other words, you and your hand never really had a chance!
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