No movie star can register emotions more accurately than the mosquito.
So last week declared Dr. Willem Rudolfs, biochemist of New Jersey's Agricultural Experiment Station. Indexes of emotion found by Dr. Rudolfs in New Jersey's far-famed mosquitoes:
Irritation: fast flying horizontally back & forth; high-pitched, nervous singing.
Attraction: flying toward the source of attraction.
Caution: keeping the hind legs crossed; keeping the engine turning over (wings moving) for a quick takeoff.
Disdain: turning up the proboscis.
Fear: flying in circles or swooping up & down.
Satisfaction: immobility, low-pitched, contented humming, rubbing the hind legs together, wiping...