Attack of the Ladybugs. On top of Centennial Cone, Colorado.


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Deb - Aug 3, 2007 2:57 pm - Voted 10/10


What the hell is going on there?! NASTY!! And they DO bite, don't they?!

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Aug 3, 2007 3:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: UGH!

Actually, I have a thought or two here - I think they were making whoopee, and I'm guessing that they hibernate here and come out/hatch in the spring as well - I've seen hordes like this before, but not anything like this.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Jun 10, 2008 2:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: UGH!

Oh, and I forgot - no, they don't bite. At least not people. :) They do a marvelous job on aphids, though. :)


lcarreau - Jun 10, 2008 2:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Jeremy ..

Greetings. I've seen this same
thing happen on Rincon Peak, just
east of Tucson, Arizona. You're
right, it's connected to mating
and changes in the seasons.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Jun 10, 2008 2:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Jeremy ..

Strange - the more peaks I'm on, the more I see it. :) Almost always below 10K', and definitely seasonal (fall/spring).


lcarreau - Jun 10, 2008 3:02 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Jeremy ..

Ladybugs won't fly if the temperature
is below 55 degrees (F). Also, some
species are migratory and form 'aggregations'
during the migratory period in fall/spring.
Kind of like swarms of bees. Cool stuff!


cp0915 - Jun 10, 2008 3:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Seen 'em like that before

on the summit of Kendrick Peak (10,418 feet) in northern AZ. Thousands of them.


lcarreau - Jun 10, 2008 3:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Seen 'em like that before

Yes, I need to get up there to
the Flagstaff area. It was 94 degrees
in Payson yesterday! Time to spread my
wings and fly north.

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