A Swarm Of Ladybugs Was So Big It Appeared On The Weather Radar As A Rain Cloud
On Tuesday this past week, the National Weather Service in California reported a giant swarm of ladybugs appeared on its weather radar. However, the phenomenon has attracted both believers and skeptics alike.
The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a "bloom" #CAwx pic.twitter.com/1C0rt0in6z— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) June 5, 2019
Meteorologist Joe Dandrea spotted giant blob on Tuesday evening while looking at the National Weather Services' radar in San Diego Country. According to the LA Times, after calling a weather spotter in the San Bernardino Mountains who told him it looks like little specks were flying in the air, Dandrea concluded it was a massive bloom of ladybugs. He told the LA Times the ladybug bloom appears to be about 80 miles by 80 miles spread throughout the sky with some flying between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the most concentrated group of them being about 10 miles wide.
However, a local scientist is skeptical on the matter. James Cornett, a senior scientist with James W. Cornett Ecological Consultants told USA Today, "There would have been unbelievable numbers of telephone calls to the police, it merits some investigation" Cornett said. He also added that a swarm of that size and density would have made the skies darkened.
Still, other meteorologists have chimed in with Dandrea saying to USA Today the weather on Tuesday could not have accounted for the massive blob seen on the radar.
University of California Integrated Pest Management Program said about 200 species of ladybugs exist in California. It is still not known which species of ladybug turned up on the radar but some reports speculate it was the convergent ladybug. This bug mates and migrates from the Sierra Nevada to valley areas where they lay eggs, a report said from the LA Times.
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