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Lovebug season: Love is in the air - and on your windshield

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We all know that feeling--that moment a bug hits your windshield on your way to work, but have you noticed there may be more splatters than usual?

That’s because its lovebug season, the lovebug is a cousin of the fly, and is now starting to mate.

“The splat on your windshield is the egg the female produced and then spread all over your car windshield,” says UF Entomology Professor Phil Koehler.

There is popular belief that these bugs were an experiment gone wrong in the University of Florida.

“There is an urban legend that we were trying to breed them to eat mosquitoes, or kill mosquitoes, or to become a mosquito, but that’s absolutely false,” says Koehler.

These bugs came from Central America, and they mate in May and in September.

When they become attached, they will stay together for two to days --hence their name.

They feed on dying plants and their average life span in about four days, but why do they make it on our windshield?

“They are attracted to ultraviolet light so there is research out there to show that car fumes, when they are hit by sunlight, they reflect a UV light that is attractive to love bugs,” says Koehler.

These bugs may be annoying, and certainly hard to remove from your car, but their mating season is only a month long.

“How can you tell a happy motorcyclist? By the love bugs in his teeth,” says Koehler.

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