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USHigh-flying ladybug swarm shows up on National Weather Service radar

17:25  05 june  2019
17:25  05 june  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service 's radar wasn't a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over Southern California. Meteorologist Joe Dandrea says the array of bugs appeared to be about 80 miles wide as it flew over San Diego Tuesday. But Dandrea tells the Los

Spotted: A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar . A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service 's radar wasn't a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over San They were flying about a mile above the ground, she said, in the

High-flying ladybug swarm shows up on National Weather Service radar© Jeff Vendsel / Independent Journal

At first glance, it looks like a rain cloud.

But in reality, the massive blob showing up Tuesday evening on the National Weather Service’s radar in San Diego County was just a lot of ladybugs.

Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist with NWS San Diego, said from the radar, the ladybug bloom appears to be about 80 miles by 80 miles, but the ladybugs aren’t in a concentrated mass that size. Rather, they’re spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the most concentrated mass about 10 miles wide.

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A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service 's radar wasn't a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over Southern California. But Dandrea tells the Los Angeles Times that the ladybugs are actually spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the

I remember talk about a similar ladybug swarm back when I was a kid. It was a dry summer and it was assumed they were looking for areas with more water . Other than that, insects are often quite small and their altitude varies with the weather . Low- flying swallows are seen as a sign of coming rain here in

After seeing it on the radar, Dandrea called a spotter near Wrightwood in the San Bernardino Mountains to ask what they were seeing.

“I don’t think they’re dense like a cloud,” Dandrea said. “The observer there said you could see little specks flying by.”

California is home to about 200 species of ladybugs, including the convergent lady beetle, according to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program.

In early spring, after temperatures reach 65 degrees, adult convergent lady beetles mate and migrate from the Sierra Nevada to valley areas where they eat aphids and lay eggs.

In the early summer, once the aphid numbers decline, beetles become hungry and migrate to higher elevations, according to the UC program.

It wasn’t immediately known what type of ladybugs were causing the phenomenon.

But at least it wasn’t locusts.

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