Before we traveled to Orlando, I had read about ‘love bugs’. Apparently May is the peak of the mating season for these insects. They are referred to as ‘love bugs’ because during this season they actually fly around with their back ends stuck together. I have no idea what they are really called.
Attack of the Love Bugs
From what I understand, they are harmless. They do get irritating due to the sheer number of them. We didn’t notice them much in the are surrounding Disney World or near our hotel. It was only when we were on our way to the Kennedy Space Center that we had our first encounter with them. The following video was taken as we were crossing the bridge about 15 minutes from the Space Center. At this point the initial swarm had died down but, as you can hear, quite a number of them made contact with our windshield:
Aftermath of Encountering Love Bugs
When we got the Space Center, they were everywhere. All the other visitors were swatting them and squishing them like crazy. My daughter would run around screaming and I would just remind her to keep her mouth closed unless she felt like a like ‘love’ snack. Now we can say we know what ‘love bugs’ are. We’re so glad that we had a rental car and did not have to clean that mess up.