Lovebug (Plecia nearctica)

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.”

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-68_pollinators-true_flies_%28Diptera%29.htm

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