A few days ago, I was playing with magnets and thought of placing one near a live mosquito (I had it held between my two fingers so it had no chance of escaping). When near the magnet, it twitched and flew away! I tried the same with semi-alive mosquitoes, but nothing really happened.
I googled about this and learnt that mosquitoes have got to do something with magnets, but I'm still confused. Could anyone tell me why mosquitoes get repelled by magnetic fields?
PS. I'm no biology student, so please go easy on me, thank you ahead of time!
EDIT: Strickman et. al. (2000) says:
we found that some specimens had a significant magnetic remanence Could this possibly be the reason why mosquitoes may get repelled by magnetic fields?
That paper also states:
the mosquitoes were able to detect the magnetic fields but sensed a magnetic pattern that was impossible in nature.
Strickman, D., Timberlake, B., Estrada-Franco, J., Weissman, M., Fenimore, P. W., & Novak, R. J. (2000). Effects of magnetic fields on mosquitoes. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association-Mosquito News, 16(2), 131-137.