UCL Ear Institute


Built in sound amplifier helps male mosquitoes find females

3 October 2018

New study led by the Ear Institute's Joerg Albert

Yellow fever mosquito

The ears of male mosquitoes amplify the sound of an approaching female using a self-generated phantom tone that mimics the female’s wingbeats, which increases the ear’s acoustic input by a factor of up to 45,000, finds a new UCL-led study.

The team responsible for the study, led by Joerg Albert have been studying disease-carrying mosquitoes, and hope their findings, published in Nature Communications, could help design acoustic lures to control the spread of deadly diseases.

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  • Top: Aedes aegypti (Yellow fever mosquito), with male on left with bushier antennae. (Credit: E. A. Goeldi (1905) Os Mosquitos no Pará, Source: Wikimedia Commons)