Love Bug (Plecia nearctica)

Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Bibionidae
Genus: Plecia
Species: nearctica (nee-ARK-tee-ka) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Archer, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Lutz, Florida
North Port, Florida
Okeechobee, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida (2 reports)
Vero Beach, Florida
Delcambre, Louisiana
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Sandy Hook, Mississippi
Missouri City, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 24, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

they are so annoying, it's hard to imagine them gone during the season. it's like you are guaranteed to find one inside your clothes when you undress.
they get in the house and then die all over the place. the smell isn't as bad i expected though.
do not wear light colors! they will want to get onto you more.

it's disgusting to see the walls absolutely covered in them. and next time look up under the roof before you walk through the doors at Publix.

at least they are harmless


On Oct 14, 2006, Ginger_H from Fountain, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I HATE love bugs...they are so nasty the birds won't even eat them! And they do a real number on the paint of your vehicle if you don't wash them off in a timely manner. YUCK!!


On Oct 13, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

We recently visited Orlando, FL for several days, and I agree the infestation is horrible this year. At least they don't sting or bite, because they sure are a swarming nuisance.


On Oct 1, 2006, MollyMc from Archer/Bronson, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

The infestation this year has been horrendous. They have decided my orchid house/patio/porch is the "in" place to hang out. It's October 1st and they are not gone yet.

Getting into the front door is a problem as they are all over the door, in the screen, on the door knobs, coating the screens of the orchid house and everywhere.

They seem to be cognizant of the fact that I am not euthanizing bugs on my land and are taking full advantage of my good nature.

Tree frogs and lizards won't eat love bugs. Evidently bats don't eat love bugs either. Mosquitoes aren't afraid of love bugs and love bugs are not afraid of you. And that's all I am going to say.