Now for two weird facts about mosquitoes.
- They do not have lungs: they breathe through openings in their chest or abdominal exoskeletons.
- They "harmonize" their wing beats as part of the mating ritual. Yes, that annoying whine is music to a mosquito's ears. In the case of a related species, A. aegypti, the male slows its 600 beats-per-second (bps) while the female increases her 400-bps so they produce a combined total of 1200 bps: the perfect love song. After mating the female will be ready for her "protein drink" - preferably fresh blood. This mating and breeding behavior has inspired some scientists to call it the "Whine and Dine". It's possible that away might be found to disrupt the whining that initiates mating. Perhaps if more mosquitoes were tone-deaf we could reduce the need for our Mosquito Control District's services and still prevent mosquito-borne diseases.