Invasion of Florida by the "Lovebug" Plecia Nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae)

Lawrent L. Buschman

Abstract


Plecia nearctica Hardy has spread eastward from Mississippi and Louisiana since 1940. Its range expanded approximately 32 km (20 miles) per year reaching southern Florida and South Carolina by 1975. P. americana Hardy, a native species, occurs in spring in woodland situations, whereas P. nearctica occurs throughout the year but most frequently in May and September and is most common in grassy habitats.

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