Drs. Andrew K. Dickerson, Peter G. Shankles, Nihar M. Madhavan, and David L. Hu wrote the paper describing raindrop hits on mosquitoes – they are all from the Schools of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Raindrops can weigh as much as 50 times that of the weight of a mosquito.It would seem that mosquitoes would get crunched -- big-time, like blown out of existence -- if hit by a raindrop fifty times its own weight.
But, wait! Hold on a second! Not so quick! Maybe not!
High-speed video of impacts from raindrops onto mosquitoes show just the opposite. Mosquitoes can survive the high-speed impact of falling raindrops onto their bodies.
These researchers concluded, based on their experimental and theoretical research, that the strong exoskeleton and low mass of the mosquito allows them to survive being hit by mighty and speedy raindrops.
Page two concludes with the video showing a raindrop impacting a mosquito. Something you may not want to miss!