The Love Bugs

34 mins


Colorado Premiere
Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

Entomologists Charlie and Lois O’Brien have amassed more than 1 million insects from nearly 70 countries — one of the largest private collections in the world — during the course of their long and storied careers. Now in their 80s, they are slowly transferring their drawers full of iridescent weevils and planthoppers to Arizona State University, where they can be digitized for posterity. The Love Bugs is a light-hearted portrait of two aging but dedicated scientists that captures the tender moments, inside jokes and good-natured bickering that can only come from sharing a marriage and career for 55 years.

Production Team

Maria Clinton
Allison Otto

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2019 Mountainfilm Festival.
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