Theresa Badurek, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent
May and September are prime times for lovebug mating – have they been bugging you? Perhaps you’ve heard the urban legend that they were created by researchers at the University of Florida- not true.
During lovebug mating season there are many adult lovebugs present in some locations. They are attracted to heat and may confuse car exhaust for the smell of decomposing plants that they are attracted to, which is why they are often found in such great numbers near roadways (and car hoods). They are harmless to humans, but be prepared to wash the front of your car a little more often!