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high-altitude mosquito migration study: balloon launch

In an open grassy field, a crowd of onlookers watch as a large white helium balloon is readied to be launched into the sky. In the foreground, several researchers hold a white gauzy net that is attached by rope to the balloon.

A series of studies published since 2019 has shown mosquitoes can ride high-altitude winds to travel long distances in Africa. The discovery was enabled by the use of a new research tool: glue-daubed net traps hanging below helium-filled balloons. (Photo courtesy of Harrysone Atieli, Ph.D.)

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