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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ok...how do I put this? Meh... Today I'm going to be talking about one of the most annoying bugs I have ever met: The Love Bug.
Love Bugs are one of the most annoying (non poisonous) bugs in North America. Don't get me wrong! I love bugs, just not LOVE BUGS. I mean, they only come out for a few months of the year but when they do its not very fun. They get everywhere. A few days ago I went to a waterpark known as Water Works and it was just nasty. The rides where good, but the food stands.. They were completely infested by love bugs. No one was even there it was so bad! Love Bug season is one of the only things I don't like about living down south (that, blackbirds and hurricane season). Even the rides where covered in them! You couldn't even stand in line without being covered. And whatever you do, do NOT go out in the country during love bug season. Between them and walnut sized horse flies, you'll be having your hands full...with bugs.
Ok, now that I'm done giving my opinion, time to get on with the scientific info. Love bugs are a member of the march fly family. A large rumor is that the University of Florida made love bugs to get rid of some of the mosquito. If that's true that is just messed up. Making a new species in my opinion is like playing God. And besides, even if their goal was to get rid of mosquito's it didn't work. They feed on pollen instead, which isn't a bad thing. They also have this acid in their body that, if splattered by a car, corrodes the paint of your car! We might have that problem because our car is tan, but trust me. I haven't yet seen a car with more love bugs on it then ours. On the good side, there are some insects who actually feed on them. Spiders (which isn't actually an insect), centipedes, beetle larvae, and earwigs all are predators of the love bug. Me and my dad are predators too! Except we don't eat em (bleh) we just swat em.
That's my report on the love bug. I got the info from www.Wikipedia.org and the photo from www.Google.com Thanks for reading. The End.