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The Story Of Lovebugs And How To Clean Up After They Arrive [VIDEO]

The story of the lovebug is not a very long one but they sure do make a mess of things the short time they are here.

The lovebug is a member of the family of march flies. It is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissingbug, or double-headed bug. The adult lovebug is found  especially along the Gulf Coast usually twice per year on average.

During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.

Localized lovebug flights can number in the hundreds of thousands.  Two major flights occur each year, first in late spring, then again in late summer.  Flights extend over periods of four to five weeks.  Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only three to four days, while males live a little longer.  Unless they are both hit in mid flight by a Buick.

The lovebug was first seen in Texas and Louisiana in the 1940′s but quickly spread to the entire gulf coast region with Florida sometimes having up to 3 lovebug seasons.

Immature lovebugs larvae feed on partially decayed vegetation in the landscape and, in this respect, are beneficial. Adults feed only on nectar during this brief life stage.

The lovebug is incapable of biting or stinging, but because of the thousands of them flying around, they sure can mess up a car’s paint job due to their slightly acidic body chemistry.  Lovebugs baking on a car in South Louisiana heat can permanently damage the paint in just 36 hours.

Here’s a cleaning tip from a guy in Florida that works!

[Via:  Wikipedia]

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