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.

Download video in high definition (58.9 MB)

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.

Download video in high definition (26.2 MB)

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64 Comments

  1. 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..

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

    How much does it cost ? please !

  3. 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.

  4. 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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