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Florida invaded by huge swarms of lovebugs

May 8, 2019 | Comment icon 12 comments



Lovebugs are literally inseparable. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Bernard DUPONT
The short-lived insects have embarked on their bi-annual flight, leaving streets and homes completely engulfed.
For Florida's Space Coast two times a year, venturing outside can be an exercise in frustration and disgust as millions of lovebugs fly through the air and cover every available surface.

These sizable insects, as their names suggest, spend their few days in the sun finding a partner and mating - often with the male and female being literally inseparable for almost the entire flight.

While lovebugs don't bite or sting, they remain a nuisance due to their acidic body chemistry which can be very problematic when large numbers of them die, pile up and decompose.
They are a particular menace for drivers due to their tendency to obscure windshields and to block radiator grills, often causing vehicles to overheat and making visibility difficult.

Their inherent attraction to light-colored surfaces can also be a nightmare for homeowners.

Lovebugs engage in two major flights each year, one during April-May and another in August-September. The females can lay up to 350 eggs which hatch after just 2-4 days.

Fortunately though, these pesky insects tend to live for only 3-4 days on average.



Source: USA Today | Comments (12)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Impedancer 3 years ago
Those are nasty bugs. :-(
Comment icon #4 Posted by Matt221 3 years ago
or smacked in mid flight with one of them battery powered tennis racket that frys them
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 3 years ago
Lol, you beast. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by LucidElement 3 years ago
Im in florida so you can imagine how excited i am haha.
Comment icon #7 Posted by LucidElement 3 years ago
im down south . havent seen to many in the area actually but then i havent driven on a highway long distance yet this month thankfully =)
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
i wonder what all kills them.    Fly traps?   Wasp traps?   Bowls of apple vinegar?  
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
I recall those type bugs when I lived in Florida. Not sure that I recall any specific issue with them (during my time), other than annoyance.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 3 years ago
It was always sad, that short lifetime. Maybe it's lasting longer from their perspective, i like to think that. Remember when my cousin brought few of those from his club, were broken. I just told him it can't be fixed. If i fixed them it would mean like billion mosquito blood on my hands lol
Comment icon #11 Posted by Wolffheart 3 years ago
Hans, get the flamenwerfer!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hal White 3 years ago
Being someone who has lived in Florida for over 40 years I can say these things SUCK.. Its a running joke that they can only fertilize the egges using  the impact to car windows. And I do not remember them being this bad years back. Any validity to the rumor that FSU was the cause of this Plague ?


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