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April 23rd, 2008 at 03:14 pm

While I was growing up, a wonderful fixture of evening was fireflies or as in the South--lightning bugs. Moving further south to the more tropical zones, I missed the little bugs. Then, we encountered a new little evening bug. The Lovebug. Harmless little creatures "floating" in the air joined at the hip (so to speak) in pairs. Then, I found out the hazards. Don't talk too much outside because you can breathe in or swallow bugs. And, the little buggers take the paint off your car. It is especially bad if you drive for some reason out in the countryside. Your car gets plastered by hundred of bugs, and if you don't wash them off timely, they will remove the paint. I didn't know if it was an old wives' tale because Hubby kept the cars washed. I found that it was true when I had to stash my car inside the garage during Hurricane Rita evacuation without washing off the cloud of bugs I'd been through. Several weeks later, I returned and washed off the car and the paint came off the front with the bugs.

I mowed the grass last night toward the evening hours to catch the coolness and because we finally figured out what was wrong with the lawnmower. I was mowing through the grass with the little critters floating around me about knee high at that time of day. They look so peaceful floating along. (Although they are really flapping their little wings like crazy.) We like to tease that the female is the one dragging the males along. The female is having to do most of the work it seems. At least, I've been told the big ones are female. With Hubby still not being able to wash vehicles for awhile because of surgery, I know that, economically, twice a year in spring and fall, I need to make sure that I keep all little buggies off the car. Or anything else. Or I'll eventually have to repaint the thing....

10 Responses to “Lovebugs....”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I hated love bugs. We have lightening bugs and I love those!! You must live in florida!

  2. JanH Says:

    Ima, we live in Texas. Parts of the state are very similar to the climate and such of Florida. I sure do miss the little lightning bugs!

  3. Petunia Says:

    Wow! You learn something new every day! I've never heard of those bugs before.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, seriously... I'm looking up love bugs as we speak. Big Grin

  5. monkeymama Says:

    Love lightning bugs (family is from the mid west, just thinking KIDS would love to see those).

    Never heard of love bugs. Just as well - LOL.

  6. boomeyers Says:

    I love lightening bugs and HATE love bugs. They made our first trip to Disney awful! They did even get in your mouth! And when we got to Destin, they had tons of biting flys and love bugs. Not a happy memory!!

  7. mom-from-missouri Says:

    We enjoy our lightening bugs-except when one gets in the house at night. Last year had one in the bedroom. I couldn't sleep because I stayed awake to see where it was....

  8. Sunshine Suz Says:

    Hi Jan,

    And have you noticed how many are at the station when you buy gas? Do they love the carbon monixide or what?!?!

    Wonder if "scfr" has had her introduction to these TEXAS wonders yet?!?!?

  9. JanH Says:

    Mom from Missouri: LOL! I once stayed overnight with a gal friend whose bedroom was like a cave. We kept seeing a random blinking light in the dark and couldn't figure out what it was until we realized it was a lightning bug! That was a fond memory I'd forgotten!

    Sunshine Suz: That's a good question! Do they exist in the hill country? She'll find out soon since the spring Lovebug season has gotten underway!

  10. Dannalie Says:

    I just wrote about love bugs on my blog! I grew up in Fl so I know all about those little suckers!
    Stop by sometime!

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