May 13, 2013 - 08:25 PM
The lovebug is a fly that is easily identified by its black, slender body and red thorax. These small flies, also known as March flies, are closely related to mosquitoes and gnats. The males are about 1/4 inch in length, while females are 1/3 inch in length. There are two known species of lovebugs in the United States. One is a native species, and the other is an invasive species that first appeared in southern Louisiana during the 1920s. The outbreak soon spread southward, crossing deep into Mississippi and Alabama, and finally reaching Florida in 1947. They have since migrated northward, reaching from Georgia to South Carolina. Both species have two key outbreaks in population a year: once during April–May and the next in August–September. They are often found near or by highways and are a nuisance and hindrance to drivers.
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about love bugs. Here is the link to the rest of the article by the University of Florida.