Love bugs return to the skies

Get ready to scrape your windshield and hose down your car, the love bugs are back in the Pine Belt.

Also known as the march fly, the honeymoon fly, the telephone bug and the kissybug, Lecia nearctica insects become pools of acidic gunk when they splatter against your vehicle.

Those splatters will lead to paint damage if not dealt with quickly.

Love bug flights occur twice a year, once in late August and again between April and May. The swarms hang around for about a month.

Male and female love bugs spend their entire adult lives locked together. The males die first and are dragged around by the female until she lays her eggs.

According to Norman Leppla, professor of entomology at the University of Florida, love bugs taste awful to predators, which is contributing to larger swarms each year.