Lovebug (Plecia nearctica)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Lovebug (Plecia nearctica)

This one is male. January sighting is odd timing. They usually show up twice a year around May and October.

Oddly enough it is a beneficial insect because in the larval stage it is a “decomposer”: recycling organic matter. It also works as a pollinator in the adult stage.

Probably it is better known as a pest species with regard to the swarming and damage to car paint from the acids and clogging of radiator grills, etc.

Learn more: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-37_lovebugs.htm

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2 comments
  1. Interesting to see this critter 1) as an individual and 2) not smashed against a car! I ran into a flood of these, this past year, visiting my parents in Florida for the first time this past year. Somehow I had managed to miss them in the past! Thanks for the fun post!

    • Loret said:

      Hi Brenda!

      LOVE observation #2) That made me laugh!

      I put a screen across my car grill which helps some, but there is nothing you can do to avoid the smashees on the side mirrors, roof rack, etc.

      I’ve also learned to keep my mouth shut when mowing. They are attracted to the gas exhaust or something. Will swarm around.

      As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

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