Science: Mosquito Psychology

What do mosquitoes think about?

Principally, sex and food. But the Army Quartermaster Corps, which has studied mosquitoes intimately in hopes of crossing soldiers off the mosquito menu, has discovered that the insects are complex psychologically, and react to a long list of stimuli. Last week it released its findings:

The Army's Peeping Toms confirmed the theory (TIME, April 16, 1945) that the girl mosquito's hum is sexual advertising. With tuning forks of the proper frequency, they posed as susceptible females, got chased by mosquito males.

Two species were studied: Aëdes aegypti (which carries...

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