Posted by: fireweaver | August 5, 2008

like the homeland, only bigger

back in h-town, every spring or summer (sad, but i’ve been away so long that i can’t remember what season it was in…), a swarm of flying lust would storm the city. there would be a swarm of very small black bugs with a little red band on their abdomens that would be locked in fiery butt-to-butt passion littering every available surface. you’d see the occasional sad singleton flying along, looking for his/her hookup, of course, but the conjoined copulators were what earned them the common name of “love bugs” (or, fuck bugs, if you were a crass little kiddo who thought cussing was funny. so, like, plenty of us).

i still have no idea what technical species those little guys were, but with their bright red belly band and cute little round-tipped black-barred clear wings, they were quite visually distinctive, even when not fused to a friend. and lo! this morning, i’ve discovered the equivalent for this zip code. i haven’t seen them before in the 5+ years i’ve been in this state, but here you go, the MD equivalent of love bugs:

yesterday morning while driving to work, one of these bright orange-and-black beetle-oid creatures landed on my windshield. he tenaciously hung on through the 40mph gales, only to fly off later at a stop light quite a bit away from his origin point. apparently, he was testing out the comfiness of my car, the way you’d test out a mattress at the store before you buy it. this morning, i was greeted by a host of these guys swarming over the roof & trunk of the car. 3 of them were obliviously enjoying the pleasures of each other’s company, and by the time i could get the camera, a 4th had joined up as well. they’re even more strikingly colored than the houston-area love bugs, and larger to boot (hey!! i thought everything was bigger in TX!!), and at least some of them enjoy the missionary position, though other stylistic preferences are available as well. here’s the arty, back-lit shot of the love to set the mood for hot summer nights, or misty summer mornings for everyone:

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Responses

  1. Those aren’t fuck bugs, those are orgy bugs.

    Love bugs, btw, were march flies, and Wikipedia knows all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_bugs

  2. omg, yes, that’s them! i didn’t even think to look them up, because surely “lovebug” wasn’t their technical name… and oops, i was wrong, they’re red-thorax’d, not a spot on their tail/belly to be found.

    now i just have to fig out what those things on my car yesterday were…

  3. We have the same love bugs here in Florida that they had in Texas. They invaded a few months ago.

  4. http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 has never done me wrong. It might take a little investigating on your part, but you can find almost anything there. That failing, you could always email http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ or try looking there as well.

    Love the bugs.

  5. well, damn if that didn’t work out just super!

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/172

    apparently, i have some Calopteron


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