It’s lovebug season here in Florida. These disgusting little creatures seem to spend their entire short lives mating. They fly around, attached to each other, and quite often end up splattered all over windshields and grilles all over Florida (I guess that some might say “what a way to go!” but I just can’t — they’re way too annoying and gross). The resulting mess is hard to get rid of, so most people don’t bother until after the 3-week invasion is over unless it’s absolutely necessary. I don’t normally cite Wikipedia as a source, but this article echoes everything I know about them:
The adult lovebug feeds on the nectar of flowering plants. Upon reaching maturity the lovebug spends almost the entirety of its remaining life copulating with its mate, hence its numerous romantic nicknames. The male and female attach themselves at the rear of the abdomen and remain that way at all times, even in flight. In fact, after mating, the male dies and is dragged around by the female until she lays her eggs. Females lay up to 350 eggs in debris, and about 20 days later the eggs hatch into larvae. The larval stage may last up to nine months.