Do you love Love Bugs?

I’ve been traveling rather a lot lately and now it is Love Bug season.  The local folklore holds that Love Bugs were an experiment gone haywire from the University of Florida.  Apparently, researchers were trying to create a bug which would eat mosquitoes.  This is not a bad goal when you consider that mosquitoes are the vector for serious diseases like malaria.  However, some of the Love Bugs escaped and I am pretty sure they don’t eat mosquitoes.  In fact, from what I understand of their life cycle, they do not eat at all. 

They hatch.  They fly around looking for a partner.  They connect.  They mate.  They hit the windshield of your car.

And that’s the problem.  When you squish an average bug, it creates that sticky enzymey gloopy residue.  Most bugs are squished on the ground, and most of us don’t ever have to deal with bug goo on our cars.  But Love Bug goo, leaves an oily residue that coats your windshield, and takes the paint off the front end of your car, and even sticks to the backs of your side view mirrors.  All you can hope for is to drive through a good rain shower on your way to the car wash.

Love Bugs fly in late April/early May, and again in September.

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Author: Whale Maiden

I'm a Shaman living in suburban Southwest Florida. I study animals and the weather and reflect on the cycles of life.

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