Valentine’s Day may be over, but the Love Bug season will be here soon! The Love Bug, Plecia nearctica, is sometimes referred to as a honeymoon fly, kissing bug or a double headed bug. It is common to Central America and South East United States. The love bug typically has 2 flights, once in early spring and then another in late summer. The spring flight will most likely occur between the months April and May and the summer flight will take place in late August and September.
Have you ever wondered why Love Bugs are called, “Love Bugs?” While mating and even afterwards, the Love Bugs remained paired together for up to several days. You may have seen these love bugs still coupled while flying! Quite an amazing feat!
When the female is ready to lay her eggs, she will find a suitable area. This area will usually be decaying material near the top layer on soil on the ground. She may lay anywhere between 100 to 350 eggs at one time. The eggs will hatch after 2-4 days. After hatching the love bug larvae will feed on their nest of decaying material. They will live and remain here until they develop into their pupa stage. Once adults, they are ready to mate.
The adult female usually lives around 7 days, while the adult male will only live 2-5 days.
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