Phew. It’s probably been about two years since I had a cold…chest, head or other (is there an “other”?) and I forgot how it can really throw you off your game. I missed getting a post out yesterday and honestly, I don’t have many solid thoughts for today, so I think I’ll pick up on a seasonal occurrence that seems so exaggerated this year I could have titled the post “Bugs gone wild” (or even “Love is in the Air”, if I were to continue the musical theme).
We’ve had a couple of unseasonably (and perhaps unreasonably) cool mornings the last few days. Typically, we’ll hit our usual upper 80’s highs by the afternoon, but it provides a nice respite in the early hours.
The cooler temps may also be contributing to our heavier than usual invasion of “love bugs”. Those of you who don’t have these unique little creatures in your eco-system are missing something (literally in this case).
These guys (and gals, I suppose) fly in the air attached to each other at the back, kind of like a bug version of the push me-pull you (a reference which won’t help you at all if you’re unexposed to Dr. Dolittle, so maybe I’ll try a first for this blog and include a picture). They’re thin and all black, probably a half to three-quarter inches long. When they come into an area, they come en masse.
Historically, we don’t get pummeled as much by them down here in South Florida; the heavier concentrations tend to be a little north of here (as many travelers across I-75 or the Florida Turnpike can attest). But this past week they have been everywhere. In 15 years living at this location (let alone my entire life in South Florida), I don’t think I’ve ever seen them this thick.
They’re utterly harmless; their only real danger is to themselves as they tend to end up decorating the fronts of the thousands of cars on the road by the tens of thousands. With our current drought-like sanctions on car-washing, they’ll likely be decorating for quite some time. I suppose it says something about the quantity of insect life in the world that there are still so many of them flying around even after all those fatal collisions.
As I sit at my desk typing this, I see one lone love bug on my window. It is difficult not to project human emotion onto that “lonely” bug, when all of the others out there are paired up. I didn’t look up the entomology of the species, so I can’t say if it is a before or after condition. Still, though there may be millions of these bugs out there and there’s no reason to apply human standards, hopefully the little bugger will find a partner someday.