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Lady Bugs
Taken in at The Pinnacles, 1/8/06.

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gimpilatorFar Out!

gimpilator

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I've never seen anything like it.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 8:31 pm

lisaeRe: Far Out!

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It is a bit odd to see so many lady bugs together...

I've seen lady bugs gather like this, always when it is cold and damp. This picture was taken in the morning, after a rain, in the parking lot at the Pinnacles. The rocks and plants were coated with them. When we came back to our car in the late afternoon, they were gone.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 8:45 pm

DeanRe: Far Out!

Dean

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I've seen that too on several mountain tops. One was in Idaho, another in Nevada and yet another in California. I understand the reason why bears will sometime go for the summit of a peak is that they are after the ladybugs that
can be found there.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 9:10 pm

lisaeRe: Far Out!

lisae

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High protein snack? :-)
Posted Sep 19, 2006 9:16 pm

DeanRe: Far Out!

Dean

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Yep, a lot of protein for a bruin.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 9:25 pm

nartrebRe: Far Out!

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It's not just ladybugs that do this.
at least three unrelated species on this signpost. In this shot they're starting to wake up and fly off - it was a bit scary with all the sudden noise.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 9:40 pm

rpcWay cool!

rpc

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love the photo.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 11:35 pm

lisaeRe: Way cool!

lisae

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Thanks!

My camera battery died early in the morning, so this was one of the few pictures I got from the day.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 12:04 am

donhaller3Hilltopping

donhaller3

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I am told it is an insect behavior that helps them find mates--flying to the highest point. Butterflies can be spectacular when they do it.
There was a huge swarm of ladybugs on top of Lookout Mt. (Wallowas, between Minam and Lostine drainages,) when our household trudged up in the mid eighties.
Posted Mar 31, 2007 4:19 pm

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lisaeSubmitted by lisae
on Sep 19, 2006 7:15 pm

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