Experts say cold winter behind love bug decline

Published On: Jun 02 2014 06:10:00 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. -

Experts say cold weather is the likely reason Floridians are seeing fewer lovebugs this year.
    
University of Florida Professor Norman Leppla told the Palm Beach Post on Sunday  that unusually cold and wet weather this winter and spring made it difficult for larva to survive.

"It's probably related to the weather," said Leppla, pest management coordinator with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

He says the bugs spend most of their lives as larva beneath decaying vegetation and need ideal conditions to thrive.
    
The bugs travel and pairs and normally inundate the state during the month of May.

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