In early 2015, love bug (Plecia nearctica
Hardy; Diptera: Bibionidae) traps in turf fields in southern Florida baited with phenylacetaldehyde captured silk flies (R.
Sexual selection within mating swarms of the lovebug, Plecia nearctica
2:20 Analysis and Discussion of Outbreak of Lovebugs, Plecia Nearctica
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
. Christina White, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Caroliona
Abstract.--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.
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.
, the lovebug that motorists frequently encounter as a serious nuisance when traveling in southern states was first discovered by Hardy (1940) from Galveston, Texas.
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.
Leafhoppers and aphids (Aphididae) were more common at night, and Bibionidae (Plecia nearctica
Hardy) did not differ in numbers between d and night sampling.
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.