A yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) captured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim via Wikimedia Commons)
A new study suggests that whether a mosquito bites you might have a lot to do with the colors that you’re wearing.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by University of Washington biologists Diego Alonso San Alberto and Claire Rusch, examined what colors attract mosquitos the most. Using a wind tunnel, they carefully controlled the visual and olfactory environment that mosquitoes were released into and used 3D tracking technology to monitor their movements in the presence of a color dot. The research findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.