High Speed Videography of Mosquitoes

These high speed photographic images of mosquitoes were captured by Intellectual Ventures Laboratory scientists using a Vision Research Phantom V12.1, shooting at up to 6,000 frames per second. [read more about IV's malaria research]

Understanding Mosquito Flight: Intellectual Ventures researchers study flight dynamics of mosquitoes to look for novel ways to attack them. This video shows a technique called “Particle Image Velocimetry.” Tiny suspended water droplets, illuminated by a green planar laser, show the movement of the air around the mosquito’s wing.

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Mosquito in Flight: This video depicts an Anopheles stephensi mosquito in flight. To capture this footage in focus, the mosquito was placed in a custom designed chamber that sensed when the mosquito flew through the focal plane.

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Mosquito Shootdown Sequence: Video clips showing mosquitoes being killed by lasers. If played in real time, these segments would be roughly 1/10th of a second long.

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  1. mike
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Leo :
    Ok, this is real? Well, honestly, i’m not believing! I dream with something like this for a long time, or other solution, like a magnetic field or biotech exterminator. So when will it be available?
    How precise would this be?
    Realy, not believing, rs!

    You don’t have a magnetic field eliminator?

  2. Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    How strong (mW) is the laser used in this segment and what is the distance of it being fired relative to the buzzing nightmare?

  3. Paul
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    This is amazing! I watched the talk about this on TED TV. Targeting mosquitoes based on gender seems like a tall order. I’ve also ran into these anti-mosquito machines while browsing online.

  4. Roxanne
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Here is an interesting article about a new approach to mosquito control that will kill them off rather than just repelling them. Take a look.

  5. Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    All those skeptics, please know that Rome was not built in a day. Give the technology a chance. There are some skeptics who don’t think we reached the moon either!

  6. Edith D.
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I kept expecting to see a big fly swatter or a hand to come across the screen.

  7. Moto
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    great. some people have too much time on their hands

  8. Posted April 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful demonstration of bombs to ploughshares.

    The most important considerations should be with regards to the application sighting of such a device.

    There are important safety considerations such as potential exposure to humans eyes and skin.

    Off the bat, attraction and trapping would be more suitable for wide open spaces, but for areas where mosquitoes are extremely dangerous vectors of pathogen transmission, such as hospitals and refugee camps, this system might be very beneficial.

    Naturally outdoors. It would be unwise to have the contents of the mosquitoes body being scattered within the confides of an enclosed space.


  9. 望月
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    At one summer night i killed 8 mosquito in my children , this is my children dream !

  10. Milton Babb
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Yeah ! over water, fish food

  11. Enigma
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice, nice! I thought about this one too! And surprised that somebody already thought about it too.haha! Searching for the right mW laser was a problem (not to mention the price). Just enough to burn the wings and make them flightless..lolz! And of course, the robotics in detecting,spotting and shooting them off the air.. How fast it can react and shoot. Could very well eradicate mosquitos in the yard in seconds(24/7 guard..) lolz!

    Hope to see a cost-effective,portable and affordable version of this hi-tech gadget soon..

  12. flo
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    How much does it cost ? please !

  13. Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Is the laser perfectly safe for human beings? Is there any drawback about this laser? Thanks.

  14. John
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    please please please make this immediately available to the public. I will buy 10 of them, at any cost.

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