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  1. i moved to a house close to a lake. it have so many mosquitos on it…. its even worst when going to sleep. Any tip to give me? great video by the way 😀

    1. Same. So many mosquitos! Burn citronella candles. It works and make sure all your screens don’t have holes and get a zapper! I love my zapper now. Saved me from tons of bites.

  2. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in recent memory, esp. the closeup shots of the mosquitos’ guts… is there something wrong with me? 😀

  3. I really really want to know how they managed to get that «under the skin» footage. That had to have been extremely difficult or extremely clever.

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. Hello there. We didn’t film that amazing video. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed by Valerie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. LOOOL I REMEBER I WENT TO MY FRIENDS HOUSE AND THERE WAS A FOUTAIN WITH BABY MAQITOS IN IT AND ME AND MY FRIEND THROUGH THEY WERE TADPOLES XDDDDD WE PUT OUR FEET IN THEM AND PUT THEM IN CUPS

    1. +hoogreg I dislike it when the media simplify something simply in order to get an eye catching headline. «mosquitos are the most dangerous animal on earth» is shameless clickbait and inhibits one’s knowledge of biology. The bank robbery analogy is not comparable and is therefore not applicable as the driver is an accessory and is fully aware that he is transporting and actively facilitating the robbery. The mosquitoes are however completely unaware of the transmission. That is why in autopsies, people are said to have died from malaria not from mosquitos. Think about it like this. If a man whom unknowing has aids, has sexual intercourse with a woman and transmits the virus and she later dies, would you say she died of aids and that the aids virus killed her or would you say the man killed her and that she was murdered?

    2. +Weazel Cartoons I think you’re missing the point of my (far fetched) comparative example.

      Mosquitoes are unaware of them being a transport medium just like roads are. We don’t blame roads, so we should not blame mosquitoes either.

  4. So humanity has driven to extinction so many awesome species. Why can’t we all unite to get rid of this things from the planet?

    1. I read somewhere that wiping out the mosquitos would not hurt nature whatsoever. Other bugs would quickly take over their place as a source of food for other creatures.

    1. we are not a virus. A virus is much more efficient than a human. We are just a successful organism that has colonized all aspects of this planet. Not a virus, a virus is localized, only reproduces in a host organism, and takes the host’s replicative machinery. We are by no definition, a virus.

    2. Actually, cockroaches and capitalist roach-worshipers like you are the most worthless, pathetic scumbags to ever exist. They live and wallow in scum and filth. At least mosquitoes eat nectar and pollinate the earth… whereas cockroaches and capitalists pollute it!

    1. Mosquitos are actually quite important to certain food chains. For example, birds, bats, and other insects rely on mosquitos as a source of food. They may just be a large nuisance for us humans, but for other beings, they are the key to survival.

    1. +id523 But it’s difficult to wipe out mosquitos. Well, not difficult, just very time-consuming. We can add a gene in them that only makes mosquitos give birth to males, but not females (Or something like that, I read the article a while ago), so that they can be eradicated as the gene spreads

    2. bee sting has an acid called methanoic acid i believe , which can be nuetralized by rubbing any metal or applying a mild base for example baking soda

    1. Hi Oscar. I produced this video. Good question. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, and the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, let us film their arms being bitten by their uninfected research mosquitoes. You can see a photo of California Academy of Sciences microbiologist Shannon Bennett being bitten if you scroll to the bottom of this article I wrote to accompany the video: Ссылка
      Thanks for watching!

    1. Hi. I produced this video. We were very lucky that mosquito researchers at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, and at the University of California, Davis, allowed us to film their (uninfected) research mosquitoes biting into them. You can see a photo of the California Academy of Sciences’ Shannon Bennett being bitten if you scroll to the bottom of this article I wrote to accompany the video: Ссылка
      Cheers,
      Gabriela

  5. Can we just pause for a sec and salute the brave soul who let the mosquito suck his blood for the video?

    It was in the name for science!!!!

    1. Mouse skin don’t look like that, and isn’t as broadly flat for a mosquito to stand on like that, even if you shaved it. A pig’s skin would be closer but still not on the ranks of human skin. Just look at those blood vessels.

    2. Ummm, but you CAN feel the bites, I don’t know if Italy and South America have the same mosquitoes but I feel pain, to the point they sometimes wake me up and I can clearly see I just got bitten because of the tiny red droplet that later becomes an itchy place.

    3. Hi. I produced this video. We were very lucky that mosquito researchers
      at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, and at the
      University of California, Davis, allowed us to film their (uninfected)
      research mosquitoes biting into them. You can see a photo of the
      California Academy of Sciences’ Shannon Bennett being bitten if you
      scroll to the bottom of this article I wrote to accompany the video: Ссылка
      Thanks for watching!
      Gabriela

    1. +Deep Look Oh, I’m going to watch all of them! You’ve definitely got a subscriber here. I love how your videos are not only visually stunning, but also provide cool information.

    1. I felt really bad killing a mosquito recently then some time passed and I felt less bad then I instinctually sort of killed another mosquito a few weeks later because it wouldn’t stop buzzing around me or I wanted to kill it I’m not sure feels bad man but life is loss! and nice times too

  6. I have never been so engrossed by something while simultaneously wanting to kill it with all the fire. Cognitive dissonance of the best kind. WOW.

    1. Thanks, Eric! Glad you’re enjoying Deep Look and PBS Space Time. You might also like Gross Science if you’re into learning more about blood-sucking creatures.

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin.
      You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. Hi! The incredible researchers at the California Academy of Sciences, as well as the producer of this video, Gabriela Quiros, volunteered 🙂

  7. Why are mosquitoes what they are
    Also, side note, this channel is great! You cover some really interesting things here! Love it. I’ve subscribed. I wanna see more, haha

    1. Aspa rkles in finland in summer there is SO MANY mosquitos everywhere, so you are looking like helicopter who tries to fly, when there is mosquitos nearly you. I have too much mosquito bites after summer.

    1. ZOMBIEKILLER puffer fish They open up a cut in our body, insert the small with the help of stick, kinda like the selfie stick and navigate it.

    1. +TheyGoWhootnnn, No they are not. If they go extinct, there is a substitute for each and every one of there uses to mother nature. This is because the creatures that eat them also eat plenty of other species. In other words:

      -KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!!!!
      -KILL IT BEFORE IT DIES!!!!!!!!
      -KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!

      No serieusly they need to be exterminated to extinction

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2 053 thoughts on “How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood | Deep Look

  1. i moved to a house close to a lake. it have so many mosquitos on it…. its even worst when going to sleep. Any tip to give me? great video by the way 😀

    1. Same. So many mosquitos! Burn citronella candles. It works and make sure all your screens don’t have holes and get a zapper! I love my zapper now. Saved me from tons of bites.

  2. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in recent memory, esp. the closeup shots of the mosquitos’ guts… is there something wrong with me? 😀

  3. I really really want to know how they managed to get that «under the skin» footage. That had to have been extremely difficult or extremely clever.

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. Hello there. We didn’t film that amazing video. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed by Valerie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. LOOOL I REMEBER I WENT TO MY FRIENDS HOUSE AND THERE WAS A FOUTAIN WITH BABY MAQITOS IN IT AND ME AND MY FRIEND THROUGH THEY WERE TADPOLES XDDDDD WE PUT OUR FEET IN THEM AND PUT THEM IN CUPS

    1. +hoogreg I dislike it when the media simplify something simply in order to get an eye catching headline. «mosquitos are the most dangerous animal on earth» is shameless clickbait and inhibits one’s knowledge of biology. The bank robbery analogy is not comparable and is therefore not applicable as the driver is an accessory and is fully aware that he is transporting and actively facilitating the robbery. The mosquitoes are however completely unaware of the transmission. That is why in autopsies, people are said to have died from malaria not from mosquitos. Think about it like this. If a man whom unknowing has aids, has sexual intercourse with a woman and transmits the virus and she later dies, would you say she died of aids and that the aids virus killed her or would you say the man killed her and that she was murdered?

    2. +Weazel Cartoons I think you’re missing the point of my (far fetched) comparative example.

      Mosquitoes are unaware of them being a transport medium just like roads are. We don’t blame roads, so we should not blame mosquitoes either.

  4. So humanity has driven to extinction so many awesome species. Why can’t we all unite to get rid of this things from the planet?

    1. I read somewhere that wiping out the mosquitos would not hurt nature whatsoever. Other bugs would quickly take over their place as a source of food for other creatures.

    1. we are not a virus. A virus is much more efficient than a human. We are just a successful organism that has colonized all aspects of this planet. Not a virus, a virus is localized, only reproduces in a host organism, and takes the host’s replicative machinery. We are by no definition, a virus.

    2. Actually, cockroaches and capitalist roach-worshipers like you are the most worthless, pathetic scumbags to ever exist. They live and wallow in scum and filth. At least mosquitoes eat nectar and pollinate the earth… whereas cockroaches and capitalists pollute it!

    1. Mosquitos are actually quite important to certain food chains. For example, birds, bats, and other insects rely on mosquitos as a source of food. They may just be a large nuisance for us humans, but for other beings, they are the key to survival.

    1. +id523 But it’s difficult to wipe out mosquitos. Well, not difficult, just very time-consuming. We can add a gene in them that only makes mosquitos give birth to males, but not females (Or something like that, I read the article a while ago), so that they can be eradicated as the gene spreads

    2. bee sting has an acid called methanoic acid i believe , which can be nuetralized by rubbing any metal or applying a mild base for example baking soda

  5. Can we just pause for a sec and salute the brave soul who let the mosquito suck his blood for the video?

    It was in the name for science!!!!

    1. Mouse skin don’t look like that, and isn’t as broadly flat for a mosquito to stand on like that, even if you shaved it. A pig’s skin would be closer but still not on the ranks of human skin. Just look at those blood vessels.

    2. Ummm, but you CAN feel the bites, I don’t know if Italy and South America have the same mosquitoes but I feel pain, to the point they sometimes wake me up and I can clearly see I just got bitten because of the tiny red droplet that later becomes an itchy place.

    3. Hi. I produced this video. We were very lucky that mosquito researchers
      at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, and at the
      University of California, Davis, allowed us to film their (uninfected)
      research mosquitoes biting into them. You can see a photo of the
      California Academy of Sciences’ Shannon Bennett being bitten if you
      scroll to the bottom of this article I wrote to accompany the video: Ссылка
      Thanks for watching!
      Gabriela

    1. +Deep Look Oh, I’m going to watch all of them! You’ve definitely got a subscriber here. I love how your videos are not only visually stunning, but also provide cool information.

    1. I felt really bad killing a mosquito recently then some time passed and I felt less bad then I instinctually sort of killed another mosquito a few weeks later because it wouldn’t stop buzzing around me or I wanted to kill it I’m not sure feels bad man but life is loss! and nice times too

  6. I have never been so engrossed by something while simultaneously wanting to kill it with all the fire. Cognitive dissonance of the best kind. WOW.

    1. Thanks, Eric! Glad you’re enjoying Deep Look and PBS Space Time. You might also like Gross Science if you’re into learning more about blood-sucking creatures.

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin. You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. The video clips of the mosquito’s proboscis under the skin were filmed
      by Valérie Choumet and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
      They filmed malaria-transmitting mosquitoes biting through mouse skin.
      You can learn more about their methods in their 2012 paper: Ссылка?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050464

    1. Hi! The incredible researchers at the California Academy of Sciences, as well as the producer of this video, Gabriela Quiros, volunteered 🙂

  7. Why are mosquitoes what they are
    Also, side note, this channel is great! You cover some really interesting things here! Love it. I’ve subscribed. I wanna see more, haha

    1. Aspa rkles in finland in summer there is SO MANY mosquitos everywhere, so you are looking like helicopter who tries to fly, when there is mosquitos nearly you. I have too much mosquito bites after summer.

    1. ZOMBIEKILLER puffer fish They open up a cut in our body, insert the small with the help of stick, kinda like the selfie stick and navigate it.

    1. +TheyGoWhootnnn, No they are not. If they go extinct, there is a substitute for each and every one of there uses to mother nature. This is because the creatures that eat them also eat plenty of other species. In other words:

      -KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!!!!
      -KILL IT BEFORE IT DIES!!!!!!!!
      -KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!

      No serieusly they need to be exterminated to extinction

    1. Thanks for watching! Biologists from the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, and the University of California, Davis, let us film them getting bitten by their uninfected research mosquitoes. Those are all the shots of the mosquitoes feeding on top of the skin.

      The shots of the mosquito’s proboscis probing under the skin were filmed by a team of researchers in France. They had malaria mosquitoes bite into mice.

  8. Watching this while wondering if scientist could invent a needle that could work same as mosquito’s bite. Blood test won’t be scary and hurt like now.

    1. Epicjack But we only itch and swell after a mosquito bite because of the toxins in the mosquito. So vaccinations can potentially be like a mosquito bite with no itch

    1. Lucy hawthorne I can answer that. Due to the small size of this needle, it would be incredibly hard to create. Not only that, but also due to the size and complexity of it, this could give a dangerous risk of the needle breaking while it gets inserted into our skin. This means even more pain than a normal syringe, since they would have to carefully cut out the very small needle.

    1. Till I know there are 4 different types of dengue so you are able to get dengue 4 times
      I’m brazilian and that’s a pretty common disease in the city where I live

    1. HI Ollie — all insects are classified as part of the Animal Kingdom. Though if you said mammals, you would be correct. They are not mammals.

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