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Is there a certain reason why mosquitos are so weightless?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5906points) June 15th, 2011

Every time I get bitten by a mosquito, I never feel it. Usually i can feel bugs crawling on me. Since it’s their nature to bite people, are they light and wieghtless for a reason?

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LuckyGuy's avatar

I think you just stated it. Their weightlessness is part of their success strategy. If they were heavy, you’d feel it and brush them off. Also their saliva contains an anesthetic so we don’t feel the bite. Clever little buggers.

jfos's avatar

You said you can feel bugs crawling on you. I don’t think mosquitoes move much once they land. Once they touch down, they get right down to business.

Afos22's avatar

They aren’t very big.

ucme's avatar

Stealth, basically they’re sneaky little bug-gers!

Zaku's avatar

@worriedguy has it. Though the “strategy” was probably conceived by all the noticeable mosquitoes getting smashed.

Blueroses's avatar

I don’t even want to think about mosquitoes being strategical. That’s right out of a horror movie, that is.

Plucky's avatar

I agree with @worriedguy.

Although, I think mosquitoes are evil and soulless ..which explains their cunning weightlessness. :P

Dutchess_III's avatar

They don’t weigh much.

LuckyGuy's avatar

They are even trickier than just being virtually weightless. They also see in the infrared region! What good is that? We all know CO2 is colorless in visible light. But, infrared light is absorbed by CO2. That means they can see a dark plume coming out of your nose and mouth as you breathe and can fly toward you even if they are not downwind.
They are a formidable enemy indeed.

Plucky's avatar

I find that holding my breath doesn’t work for very long. And, yes, I’ve tried this in the past.

mattbrowne's avatar

Saves energy when they fly.

blueiiznh's avatar

They are not weightless. They weigh about 2.5 milligrams while the largest species is said to weight up to about 10 milligrams. Male mosquitoes are slightly smaller than female mosquitoes.
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AshLeigh's avatar

I usually feel them land on me. And when I don’t, I do feel then bite me…

blueiiznh's avatar

Because of the success they had on Jenny Craig (literally)

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