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We call these Texas Love Bugs, what is their REAL name? - Plecia nearctica - male - female

We call these Texas Love Bugs, what is their REAL name? - Plecia nearctica - Male Female
Silsbee, within the Big Thicket, Hardin County, Texas, USA
September 11, 2010
Size: about an inch long
Around here these bugs are called Texas Love Bugs and they are considered a pest because they come in swarms and every time you take the car out for a drive the windshield and grill gets covered with their smushed bodies. When the Love Bugs are swarming people will do almost anything to avoid having to scrub their cars clean daily. Some people even smear shortening (Crisco) all over the front of their cars to make them easier to wash off. They are about 1 inch long when conjoined.
I would like to know their REAL name please.
Thank you!
T

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Terri,
Love Bug is the only common name I have seen associated with these flies.
Please see University of Florida for some interesting information. I am not looking forward to their next big emergence in south Texas!

 
Love Bugs
Thank goodness I don't have to drive much!
We're just now starting to see them here - won't be long now before we are covered in them : /
Thanks Maury!

Plecia nearctica
There are only two species.
Plecia americana has a completely red thorax and these appear to have black on the sides of the thorax making them Plecia nearctica
P. americana is only found from in April to June.

 
Hi Maury!
Do they have a common name?
Thanks!
T

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