In honor of Valentine’s Day taking place this week, let’s talk about love. Well, let’s talk about love bugs.
No, not two sweet people in love, nor that famous talking Volkswagen, Herbie—rather those crazy, annoying bugs that come out en masse in May and September, and sometimes December!
What Is A Love Bug?
The lovebug, officially known as Plecia nearctica, is a member of the march flies family. It is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissingbug, or double-headed bug.
You’ll find this little critter in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, and especially along the Gulf Coast—yay for us! They get their unique name from the fact that during and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.
In 1940, D. E. Hardy from Galveston, Texas first described the lovebug. He noted the incidence of lovebugs to be widespread, but most commonly found in Texas and Louisiana. However, by the end of the 20th century, the happy little guys had spread heavily to all areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Georgia, and South Carolina.
Fortunately for us, these affectionate insects have a short life span. They stick around just long enough to bug us, but they don’t cause real harm. This is why they are known as a “nuisance pest.” They do not threaten animals, humans or crops. They don’t bite or sting and they are not poisonous. And when their bodies decompose, they enrich the land. Maybe they don’t seem so bad after all? Nah, they’re still a pain, especially when they’re stuck to your car like super glue.
Oh, and here’s an interesting bit of trivia floating around the internet about these buggers. Urban legend reports that lovebugs are synthetic—they were supposedly genetically engineered at the University of Florida. Take THAT, you Gator fans!
So, what can you do to get rid of these passionate pests? Stayed tuned next week for Part II and we’ll share with you some ways really helpful ways to get rid of lovebugs!
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