Divorce and war withstanding, some still believe love transcends all. If you’re doubtful, you can find the perfect argument for this philosophy in the lovebug.
Here is an insect that spends the vast majority of its mature life locked in love’s embrace. Lovebugs mate even during flight, which occurs in the spring, fall and sometimes December in Florida. And when the male dies, the female will drag him around with her until she lays her eggs.
This insect’s passion is memorialized in all its nicknames – lovebug, honeymoon fly and double-headed bug, among them. Lovebugs, which are primarily found in the Southeast U.S. and in the Gulf Coast states are considered beneficial because the larvae eat dying vegetation in grass thatch, providing nutrients to the grass as well as thinning the thatch.
Not everyone sees their positive attributes, however. While they’re not big bugs, they can be a mess. Even diehard romantics distain lovebugs during season. If you’ve ever had to drive through a swarm of lovebugs – which can range into the hundreds of thousands during flight – you know why: The car is splattered with them and they’re not easy to clean off, especially after a long journey.
Never fear. Here’s a technique to remove dead lovebugs.
- Spray the car with water, and then wash the affected area with a sponge, soap and water. Rinse.
- Wet a dryer fabric-softener sheet in your soap bucket and use it to wash any lovebug remnants from the same area. The fabric softener and coarse texture of the dryer sheet break down the remains.
- Rinse and repeat on other affected areas of the car.
Barry “The Bug Guy”