Aerodynamic Parameters and Design of Flight Surface of the Mosquito Culex Quinquefasciatus (Diptera:Culicidae) Say

  • U. Suryanarayana Murty
  • Kaiser Jamil
  • Adeel Ahmed


The biophysical characters of the mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, a dreaded vector of bancroftian Filariasis was investigated. The data represents the “system” in bioaerodynamics which comprises the adult mosquito and induced air, and constitutes “action-reaction pair” for the hovering flight. Hence the static and dynamic parameters of this species are determined. An expression for moment of inertia of the flight surface (wing) is deduced considering wing design and geometry. Further aerodynamic requirements in relation to flight performance of the insect are elaborated. It is concluded that this study provides useful information on the hovering flight behaviour of the mosquito C. quinquefasciatus.

Key Words

System action-reaction pair moment of inertia flight surface wing beat 


Les caractéres biophysiques du moustique Culex quinquefasciatus, un vecteur redoutable de la Filariose ont été étudiés. Les données représentent le systéme en bioaérodynamisme comprenant l’adulte de moustique et Pair induit, constituant le couplage action-réaction pour les voltiges. Ainsi les paramétres statisques et dynamiques de cette espéce ont été déterminés. Une expression du moment d’inertie du vol de surface (aile) est déduite en considérant la conception et la géométrie de l’aile. Des exigences aérodynamiques en relation avec la performance de vol de l’insecte ont été établies. Cette étude donne des informations utiles sur le comportement de vol du moustique, C. quinquefasciatus.

Mots Clés

Systéme couplage action-réaction moment d’inertie surface de vol battement des ailes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Suryanarayana Murty
    • 1
  • Kaiser Jamil
    • 1
  • Adeel Ahmed
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology groupIndian Institute of Chemical TechnologyHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Biophysics Department, Nizam CollegeOsmania UniversityHyderabadIndia

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