A massive swarm of ladybugs moving through California was recorded by the National Weather Service’s (NWS).
In a tweet last 5 June 2019, the NWS office in San Diego showed a seemingly “large echo” in the radar. The station said it was a “cloud of ladybugs” called “bloom.” The post earned 2,600 likes and 2,000 retweets.
In addition, NWS said that the massive swarm of ladybugs is about 80-mile long and 80-mile wide blob heading toward the said county from the San Gabriel Mountains.
NWS San Diego Meteorologist Joe Dandrea said the swarm moves not in lump; rather, they seemed liked dense as a cloud.
The ladybugs were spreading throughout the sky, flying between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, LA times reported.
California has about 200 species of ladybugs, according to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program.
In early spring, after temperatures reach 65 degrees, adult convergent ladybugs mate and migrate from the Sierra Nevada to valley areas where they eat aphids and lay eggs.
Once the number of aphids decline during early summers, beetles become hungry and migrate to higher elevations.
However, the NWS San Diego is still not sure what type ladybugs have been swarming across the county. But they said at least those were not locusts.