Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesdays Show and Tail
Let us all join Angela at West Virginia Treasures on her fifty-first SHOW AND TAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's a wonderful gal and a good friend. All you have to do is talk about your pets, some interesting facts, or something wonderful about bugs like I did here.
In the spirit of staying on the vacation to Orlando - we ran or shall I say they ran into us every where. What? LOVE BUGS! Really. Two bugs attached together - all the time - and do everything together - by choice.
'Lovebugs' are small black flies with red thoraxes. Males are 1/4 inch, and females are 1/3 inch in length. These flies are members of the family Bibionidae and are known as March flies. Several species of March flies are native to Florida, however, Lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy are recent invaders from the west.
Southern Louisiana experienced flights of lovebugs during the 1920's. The species was described by Hardy in 1940 from specimens collected in Mississippi. First reports of their presence in Florida were made in 1947 from Escambia County. Subsequent reports indicate their presence in Leon County in 1955-56 and Alachua - Marion Counties in 1964-65.
Since that time, flights have progressively moved southward. In 1974, specimens were collected in Homestead. Lovebugs also have moved northward and have been reported from Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. 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. Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only 2-3 days.
And I mean they were every where - together.
I can't get this embedded but it is cute - a dog and his master praying.
Thought for the day:
Keep a green tree alive in your heart and a songbird may come to sing there.
- Chinese Proverb