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12 Facts you might not know about lovebugs

Living in the Ark-La-Tex you have seen lovebugs all in the air as well as on your car. These black and red mating bugs swarm around during the fall season. But, how come we see them sometimes and not other times? Well we have that answer that and 12 other interesting facts about lovebugs.

Facts about lovebugs
Photo captured by: Jeff Castle

1. Lovebugs are herbivores, and they only eat vegetation

2. A swarm of lovebugs can reach millions and there are two major swarms each year. May and September are the main months the lovebugs swarm and last between four and five weeks. Between these months, they are in the larval stage that is why you don’t see them often.

3. A female lovebug lays up to 350 eggs and typically laid in decaying vegetation.

4. Although they can get annoying, lovebugs are a harmless insect/fly. They neither sting or bite.

5. Lovebugs are attracted to cars, lawnmowers, engines, and anything that produces heat.

6. The mating process for lovebugs can take several days, that is why you seem them flying in the air.

7. The first species was first described in 1940 by D.E. Hardy, but was in Louisiana as 1911.

8. The lovebug is also known as other names such as honeymoon fly, double-headed bug, kissybug, or telephonebug.

9. Lovebugs have acidic bodies and when they die the acidity sits on whatever surface it is on. So for example if it on your windshield or car exterior, it could effect the protective coating or paint if left on without washing off.

10. The lovebug larvae are good for soil because they feed on decaying vegetation close to the ground transforming organic waster to rich-nutrient soil.

11. Lovebugs fly at night and mostly in temperatures around 84 degrees.

12. Lovebugs are usually seen in Central America, the southern region of the country mainly which includes Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana but mostly in Florida.

Facts about lovebugs
Photo captured by: Jessica Moore

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