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Why Do Love Bugs Stick Together?

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We are in the middle of “love bug season” here in south Louisiana and we all know what a pain in the rear those little boogers can be. But, have you ever looked at them flying around in pairs and wonder, “why are they stuck together?”

Is it because they love each other that much? Are they mating? Are they siamese twins and were born that way?

The answer is simple — they are indeed mating. Their mating process actually takes hours, thus you see most of them stuck together while flying. They mate frequently in the summer season.

Here’s the sad part (well, not really but roll with it) — the male love bug dies after mating and is dragged around by the female until she lays her eggs.

And that lifespan ain’t all that long. Females live about three to four days while males live a little longer than that.

Now you know more stuff than you knew when you woke up. You’re welcome.

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