Swarms of lovebugs are commonly seen from mid-August to September. Although their behavior and their common name may be amusing, their presence in large numbers can be somewhat of a nuisance when driving.

I received a phone call late last week from a lady asking why so many “Jack & Jills” were covering the exterior of her all-glass storm door?

I figured this was going to be an interesting conversation. When I started in this position 30 years ago, I quickly learned to give a caller time to explain the problem. This approach is particularly appropriate in this case because I had no idea what Jack & Jills were.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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(2) comments

Gary Miller

Also called "Double" bugs. One year in LA traveling west on I 10 they were so thick I pulled in to a car wash to get rid of them. Had been slowed to only 35 mph because vision was limited by wipers smearing them.

Ted Gillis

I know Gary, using the wipers on those bugs is absolutely the worst. One big smeared mess.

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