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New Orleans Love Bug
My name is Yvonne Nieves. I live in a suburb of New Orleans called Avondale. This area that I live in is a pretty swampy area as most of Louisiana is. My question to you is that the photos that I am sending to you are photos of what we call here Love Bugs. No one here knows where they come from, what is their purpose, why do they come twice a year, the Spring and in the Fall. We are pretty much getting over them right now. They usually last for 2 weeks, then they are completely gone and there will be no signs of them anylonger. They are present in the millions and they are probably the most aggravating insect that lives around here for just those 2 weeks every Spring and every Fall. The bugs are connected by their tails, most of them in pairs, and very few that are alone. One has a head or is it eyes bigger than the other as you can see in the photos. If you have any idea of what these bugs are, and their correct name, and why and where they come from, I would greatly appreciat the information, and so would thousands of other people. Sincerely,
Yvonne Nieves

Hi Yvonne,
These really are Lovebugs, the common name for several species of March Flies in the genus Plecia. Female Lovebugs have the small eyes and males have the large eyes. Why they exist is a philosophical question we would prefer not to tackle.

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Help with a bug
I found this bug, dead, in my son’s room. I have no idea what it is, but he has recently suffered from some bites. I was wondering 1) what this might be, and 2) could it be the culprit of the bites?
Thank you!

Is your son’s room in Florida? We believe this is a male Lovebug in the genus Plecia, a Fly.

No, not Florida. Sorry for not including that in my original e-mail; we ARE in Georgia, though, and I’ve heard of Lovebugs in this area. Just never seen one before. If this isn’t what could have bitten him, I will have to keep looking. Thanks!

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Florida Love bugs
Found your site and love it. Great pictures and information! I noticed that you do not have pictures of the Florida Love bug. I am sending you one of a male and one of the male and female in the way they are found most often. If I am able to get one of the female alone I will send that also but so far I have not found one. They are just now coming into season, October and May I think are the times they fly and make a real nuisance of themselves.
Yvonne Griffiths
Morriston, Florida

Thank You Yvonne,
We just love getting new species and new additions to our Love Among the Bugs page. How appropo that these flies are called Lovebugs. Plecia nearctica belongs to the Family Bibionidae. They are often hazardous to motorists because of their sheer numbers on roadways. Here is an excellent site with much information.

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