COCOA VILLAGE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Florida man captured on video lovebugs swarming his car, reminding us that lovebug season is underway.
Steven Collen took the video in Cocoa Village. A swarm of lovebugs are seen flying over his car and the people surrounding it.
Thankfully, lovebugs are not harmful to humans. The bugs, who originated in Central America, got their name because they fly around in mating pairs. They migrated through Texas and Louisana before coming to Florida. They are still expanding and can be found as far north as South Carolina.
Love bugs are attracted to Florida in particular because of the heat and decomposing plant debris. Scientists with the University of Florida believe that lovebugs could confuse those odors with chemicals in exhaust fumes, explaining why we see so many of them around highways.
In fact, most people see lovebugs as splatters on windshields and hoods. They can damage your car’s paint if not cleaned off.
This story was written in Orlando, Florida.