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Malaria mosquitoes use leg push‐off forces to control body pitch during take‐off

Escaping from a blood host with freshly acquired nutrition for her eggs is one of the most critical actions in the life of a female malaria mosquito. During this take‐off, she has to carry a large payload, up to three times her body weight, while …

A chordwise offset of the wing-pitch axis enhances rotational aerodynamic forces on insect wings: a numerical study

Most flying animals produce aerodynamic forces by flapping their wings back and forth with a complex wingbeat pattern. The fluid dynamics that underlies this motion has been divided into separate aerodynamic mechanisms of which rotational lift, that …

Escaping blood-fed malaria mosquitoes minimize tactile detection without compromising on take-off speed

To escape after taking a blood meal, a mosquito must exert forces sufficiently high to take off when carrying a load roughly equal to its body weight, while simultaneously avoiding detection by minimizing tactile signals exerted on the host's skin. …