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                                                                            Photo Fiona Sunquist ©

When Florida’s lovebug season is in full swing it can feel as if you are driving through a snowstorm of insects. These annoying bugs are attracted to hot engines and exhaust fumes so it’s no surprise they congregate along highways.

In Florida, lovebugs appear twice a year, in April and May as well as in August and September. They cannot sting or bite you but they can be a pest. They are most active from 10 am to 4 pm, but they stop flying at dusk so you can avoid them by driving at night. If you have to drive during the day, most rest stops on the Florida Turnpike and the Interstates have special windshield washing stations where you can clear their remains off the window.

Florida folklore has it that lovebugs were introduced to the state by University of Florida entomologists. Though almost everyone you meet will assure you this is a true story, lovebugs actually invaded Florida from Central America by way of Texas and Louisiana.



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