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 Love Bugs - I hate 'em. They are everywhere here in South Al. right now. Even getting in my house, and I don't know how.
 Anyone else out there have this problem ?
 I did find out that after washing your car, you can spray it down with Lemon Pledge, and they will come off a lot easier, and at the same time your car gets a good quick waxing .
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Hate to sound dumb but what the heck is a "love bug"?
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You have never been in Florida in late August and September.

Lovebugs in Florida 1

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'Lovebugs' ( Figure 1 ) are small black flies with red thoraxes. Males are 1/4 inch, and females are 1/3 inch in length. These flies are members of the family Bibionidae and are known as March flies. Several species of March flies are native to Florida, however, Lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy are recent invaders from the west.

CREDITS: James Castner, Unviersity of Florida

Figure 1. Mating pair of lovebugs. Female on right.

Southern Louisiana experienced flights of lovebugs during the 1920's. The species was described by Hardy in 1940 from specimens collected in Mississippi. First reports of their presence in Florida were made in 1947 from Escambia County. Subsequent reports indicate their presence in Leon County in 1955-56 and Alachua - Marion Counties in 1964-65. Since that time, flights have progressively moved southward. In 1974, specimens were collected in Homestead. Lovebugs also have moved northward and have been reported from Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. Two flights of lovebugs occur each year. The spring flight occurs during late April and May. A second flight occurs during late August and September. Flights extend over periods of 4 to 5 weeks. Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only 2-3 days.

 


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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Hate to sound dumb but what the heck is a "love bug"?
 
 
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

You have never been in Florida in late August and September.

Lovebugs in Florida 1

D. E. Short2

'Lovebugs' ( Figure 1 ) are small black flies with red thoraxes. Males are 1/4 inch, and females are 1/3 inch in length. These flies are members of the family Bibionidae and are known as March flies. Several species of March flies are native to Florida, however, Lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy are recent invaders from the west.

CREDITS: James Castner, Unviersity of Florida

Figure 1. Mating pair of lovebugs. Female on right.

Southern Louisiana experienced flights of lovebugs during the 1920's. The species was described by Hardy in 1940 from specimens collected in Mississippi. First reports of their presence in Florida were made in 1947 from Escambia County. Subsequent reports indicate their presence in Leon County in 1955-56 and Alachua - Marion Counties in 1964-65. Since that time, flights have progressively moved southward. In 1974, specimens were collected in Homestead. Lovebugs also have moved northward and have been reported from Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. Two flights of lovebugs occur each year. The spring flight occurs during late April and May. A second flight occurs during late August and September. Flights extend over periods of 4 to 5 weeks. Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only 2-3 days.

 
 
                                                    
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Thanks 3-tens!!
 
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I feel for you derek.  Right now here in Montana we have thousands of moths around.  Actually, I can't recall ever seeing it like this before.  Just from the drive to work (20 miles) I usually have to clean my windshield and if it rains, you get more smears than anything.  Drives me crazy when my windshield is that dirty.
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Gotta "love" the love bugs...NOT. We get two flights a year, each lasting for a few weeks. Major PIA . Another tip for love bug removal from vehicles; wet thoroughly then rub with a new dryer sheet. It basically dissolves the love bugs to where they can then be hosed off. Wash vehicle when done. 
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They normally get up this way once or twice every few years.  Some years it's worse than others.
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     There was a picture but I could never get it to post in the original spot. Ed would have had it right.
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