Mosquitoes Sing Love Songs

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2009 8:08 PM CST
A mosquito digs in.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Birds and bees get all the attention, but mosquitoes have some love moves all their own, scientists say. It seems that when a boy mosquito meets a girl and things turn romantic, their wings beat at precisely the same speed to create a sort of harmonic mating song, the BBC reports. Aww, very touching. Except: The only reason scientists are studying their mating habits is to figure out better ways to wipe them out.

"This opens up a whole new world for mosquito control," says a Cornell University professor and co-author of the paper in Science.