Originally Posted by JBDISCOVERY
Just a note for history
We can thank a bug researcher at the University of Florida for this twice a year mess. The lovebug was brought in the states for research but got loose.
Jim, it's a myth about the bugs and U of Florida. Snopes and Wikipedia show that they are immigrants from other states into Florida.
Urban legend holds that lovebugs are synthetic—the result of a University of Florida genetics
experiment gone wrong.
Much speculation about the lovebug still thrives. This is partly because the larval
form of this insect is seldom seen, as it lives and feeds in the thatch of grasses for most of the year. While various fungi are suspected of being natural controls for this species,
biological control of these non-pest flies is not a priority for funding.
Research by L.L. Buschman showed that migration explained the introduction of the lovebug into Florida and other southeastern states, contrary to the urban myth that the University of Florida created them by manipulating DNA
to control mosquito populations