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Love Bug

A famous virus that arrived as an email attachment using the "double extension trick." The file name was "I LOVE YOU.TXT.vbs." The .vbs extension slipped by users who thought it was a safe text (.TXT) file. Victims using Microsoft Outlook spread the virus to everyone in their address book. In May 2000, the Love Bug replicated itself very quickly to countless users worldwide causing more than USD $6 billion dollars worth of damage. See double extension and virus.
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Sexual selection within mating swarms of the lovebug, Plecia nearctica (Diptera, Bibionidae).
Attraction of the "lovebug" Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae), to UV irradiated automobile exhaust fumes.
3:00 The Reproductive Ecology of the Alien Invasive Love Bug, Plecia nearctica.
This study documents the mass capture by Sarracenia alata (pitcher plant) of Plecia nearctica (lovebug) during an emergence that occurred in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas during the fall of 1996.
Each September, mating flights of lovebugs (Diptera: Plecia nearctica Hardy) occur throughout the southeast (Hetrick 1970; Denmark & Mead 1992).
The lovebug, Plecia nearctica Hardy (Diptera: Bibionidae), is found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the southeastern USA, with a current distribution extending to all states bordering the Gulf of Mexico and to Georgia and South Carolina (Denmark et al.
2:20 ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF OUTBREAK OF LOVEBUGS, PLECIA NEARCTICA IN MISSISSIPPI: DID KATRINA AND RITA HAVE A ROLE
The love bug, Plecia nearctica, is characterized by a prolonged period of copulation whereby males and females are locked in tandem for 56 hrs on average.
Copulating Bibionidae, especially Plecia nearctica, aggregate as they feed on saw palmetto flowers, but copulation is initiated elsewhere in aerial swarms, often observed in early morning at the ABS.
White sticky cards and marking with ultraviolet dust were useful to sample love bugs, Plecia nearctica, in Florida (Thornhill 1976), and they were collected on the yellow sticky cards in the current study as well.
The bibionid fly Plecia nearctica Hardy, commonly called the 'lovebug', is a widely recognized insect found alongside roadways in all southern states bordering the Gulf of Mexico as well as Georgia, and North and South Carolina (Denmark et al.
Various species of Diptera including the love bug, Plecia nearctica Hardy, have sometimes been captured in large numbers on yellow sticky card traps during other trapping studies in citrus (D.