Mosquito duets

Bugs sing sweet nothings to each other

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 22, 2009

An <em>Aedes Aegypti</em> mosquito preparing to snack on an unwitting victim.

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito preparing to snack on an unwitting victim.

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A mosquito’s whining buzz can be as irritating as its bite. But to a mosquito of the opposite sex, the high-pitched hum is the sound of romance.

Skeeters create their distinctive sound by beating their wings at a certain rate, or a certain number of beats per second. The wing vibrations produce sound waves that resonate in their bodies and outside, too. Now, scientists have discovered that some mosquito...

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