Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that the massive infestation of love bugs is upon us! Sure, they are annoying and can even damage the paint on your car, but how much do we really know about these affectionate creatures?
The lovebug (also known as the Honeymoon Fly or Double Headed Bug) is actually a species of March Fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially around the Gulf Coast. They are best known for flying around while mating, which can last up to several days!
History of Love Bugs
It has long been rumored that the University of Florida introduced the love bug to the state. However, that is simply not true! During the 20th century, love bugs migrated from Central America, traveling through Texas and Louisiana before arriving in Florida.
They are a nuisance for sure, but they are good for helping our environment by recycling decaying matter into organic matter. Since pesticides are not effective on them, there is not a lot we can do to eliminate these pests. But, the good news is they are only here for a short time, until we do this all again in September!
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