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Date: Monday, December 1, 1997 
Question/Topic: I am trying to determine the times of the year that "love bugs" are present in the state, and also the heaviest areas of concentration. 
Answer/Pointer: According to a book called Florida Critters by Bill Zak, "Two flights of lovebugs occur each year. The spring flight occurs during late April and May; a second flight occurs during late August and September. Flights extend over periods of 4 to 5 weeks....Lovebugs are a formidable nuisance to motorists because they congregate in unbelievable numbers along highways and splatter windshields and grills of passinmg autos. They can clog radiator fins causing cars to overheat....Insecticidal control of the lovebug is impractical because infestations occur over such a vast area for so short a time." The scientific names are: Order: Diptera; Family: Bibionidae 
Librarian: SLF 

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