Why is it that when insects hit your windshield, they seem to hit right where you are looking? Who are these insects, and why are they out flying around?
The answer to the first question is coincidence. The answers to the other questions are a bit more involved.
Most insects hit your windshield at night, when many are active under the cover of darkness. They fly around in search of food or mates or both. Moths, lightning bugs and mosquitoes are among the insects that make your windshield their final landing place.
Female moths release a smell, which attracts males. The males can’t resist this scent that hangs in the air or is carried by the wind. As they follow the perfumed path to the females, they may meet your windshield in the process. Moths also navigate by the stars, and artificial lights can attract them. They may also be attracted to headlights, which can result in messy windshields.
Mosquitoes use the night to search for food, preferably a warm body and not a warm car. But they frequently encounter windshields nonetheless.
When an insect splats your windshield, it was just following its instincts. The collisions are indications of the busy insect night life that usually escapes our notice.