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Twice a year (May and September), the Gulf Coast is saturated with lovebugs (Plecia nearctica).


Lovebugs are harmless and are sort of like fireflies. Except instead of a glowing light on their backside, they have a mate attached.


The females are larger and drag the males around, who follow along behind going backwards – like some kind of extreme, 12-legged wheelbarrow race.

Here, a mateless female tries to horn in on an orgy in progress. But they’re all about to have the ride of their lives:


So we take off and are going abut 35 mph – their bodies curve and contort, but the acidic sticky feet of the females keep them securely fastened to the window. And to each other.


Wheeeee! Now we’re up to 55 mph and the hapless males are flying behind the females, who are clinging for all they’re worth. It took going about 65 to shake most of them off.


Lovebug payback is cruel. If you don’t remove the dead bugs promptly, their acidic bodies can eat away at your car’s finish.


At least we didn’t have it as bad as this guy:

Courtesy okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu

They even crawled into the pages of my book on the beach. These two died an unusual death. So when I finally got to page 432, there was a double-surprise ending:


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