CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Lovebug (Plecia nearctica)
This one shown on Florida Native Plant Yellow Colicroot.
Pesky exotic insect with few known predators. They do have benefits as pollinators, but it’s a matter of getting beyond the damage to car paint and radiator bug clog to appreciate this benefit. 🙂 They appear two times a year in Florida, May and October.
“Adult lovebugs are efficient pollinators and the larval stages are efficient decomposers/ recylers.”