Ever wonder where lovebugs hang out when they're not smashing themselves against the front end of your car or flying into your face when you're outside?
|Lovebugs on car...time for the hose and scrub brush|
At least some spend time in the twining vines of climbing hempweed (Mikania scandis), a Florida native plant that likes wetland locations.
Climbing hempweed blooms in mid-September around the same time that lovebugs appear. The insects, which don't bite or sting, could be seeking nectar as nourishment for their short (3 to 5-day long) lives or laying eggs on the plant leaves.
|Climbing hempweed (with lovebugs) winding its way around dog fennel|
I'm not a fan of dog fennel so I'm glad to see this pretty vine encircle it. As for lovebugs...well, no one is really a fan of them but I'm glad to know they have other places to spend time besides the hood of my car, the windshield or in my face.