The National Weather Service in San Diego said a huge “echo” appeared on the SoCal radar but discovered it was not rain, instead it was a cloud of ladybugs! The swarm showed up on the California weather service’s radar map as an 80-mile-wide mass.
This is a phenomenon known as a “bloom”. Meteorologist Miguel Miller said the bloom appeared on their screen as an amazing 80-miles wide and 80-miles long. It seems the mass was moving from the San Gabriel Mountains toward San Diego.
The mass of ladybugs was seen moving from Barstow in San Bernadino County, 80 miles south of Riverside which is near Los Angeles. It literally covered an area over 1,000 square miles.
Meteorologist Mark Moede from the weather service said ladybugs were everywhere and a weather spotter in the San Bernadino Mountains reported an abnormal population of ladybugs which was then linked by the weather service to the sighting.
Bugs, not Clouds!
Casey Oswant, San Diego weather service meteorologist, told the Palm Springs Desert Sun there were a lot of clouds at the time along with this massive bloom.
She said the size of the mass could not have been created by the clouds. She followed the patch that was heading south in the morning and then disappeared from the screen by noon. It is not known for certain where the ladybugs were traveling from.
Senior scientist at James W. Cornett Ecological Consultant believes the number of ladybugs needed to create such a massive movement would have turned the skies dark.
Whether this event happened or not, we are all relieved to know they were ladybugs! Legend has it, if a ladybug lands on your shoulder, you are blessed with luck! Imagine a swarm of ladybugs this massive, that must be luck for a lifetime!