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ladybug invasion!

Monday, September 23, 2013

With the weather cooling off, my beach season has officially begun. I like reading at the beach when it's warm but seriously, the beach in the fall is far superior. It's empty and there always seems to be neat things to find. A few years back I found all those dead monarch butterflies, and you know I love collecting and organizing beach trash. Last week I stumbled upon a TON of ladybugs. I don't think finding a bunch of ladybugs is all that strange. The bathroom in my parents home always had tons of ladybugs in it each fall but I've definitely never seen anything like this at the beach...
 
I obviously went straight to google when I got home to read all about why they're there. It's apparently a super common thing that's called exactly what it is - a ladybug wash up. There seems to be lots of mixed information on why this happens, you can read about some of the theories here.

I'm still finding ladybugs each day - around my house, in my car, in my camera bag, etc. I must have been covered in them when I left. I still can't even believe just how many there were. Oddly enough, I went back to the beach two days after I found all of these and there were only a few left there. No big clumps of them left, just some stragglers.
Did you know Ohio's state insect is the ladybug? I didn't but it sure seems relevant right now!
xoxo

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24 thoughts

  1. Having ladybugs as your state's "official" insect, is about the cutest thing I've ever heard!

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  2. A couple of years ago our entire front porch at our previous home was swarming with lady bugs. Better than stink bugs I suppose... Neat photos!

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  3. Wow! Ladybug was my favorite animal when I was little! They are so neat.

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  4. Oh wow that looks so pretty, I think that is one of those, wow so glad I have a camera with me moments, or no one would believe me. Good Spot.

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  5. My dad told me about one summer in the late 70's or early 80's when a small swedish Town called Simrishamn had an enormous ladybug invasion. The streets we're so filled with then that they had to use excavators and wheel barrows to remove them. And then put the ladybugs in huge piles along the roads. My sister was little then and got one ladybug on her finger and was all happy about that while my dad just looked horrified. haha, he always say one ladybug is cute but piles of them are scary. Apparently it was quite horrific but most ladybugs disapeared over a few days.
    I've always thought that sounded so scary and fantastic at the same time!

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  6. I've heard that the orange lady bugs are invasive and our native ones are the red ones....But maybe that's only in Canada :p

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  7. Woah, cool! I've never seen so many ladybugs at once. That's super fascinating!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  8. Whoa, I have never seen that many ladybugs before!! In fact, I rarely see them in Raleigh. Maybe I am just not looking close enough!

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  9. Cool! I remember one year living in Oklahoma and they covered EVERYTHING..it was pretty crazy.

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  10. Amazing!! Ladybugs are my favourite:)

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  11. I was maybe 5 years old when a wash up like that happened on a beach in Poland and I was so terrified that until this day I'm still uncomfortable around ladybugs. Haha!

    I was reading up on something the other day and it occurred to me that it may be right up your alley: there is this family of flies called sciaridae (fungus gnat). They feed on mushrooms and animal poop. The fascinating fact about them is that after they hatch from eggs, the larvae travel as a procession (up to 30 feet long! from afar it looks like a snake). It's a very rare thing to spot but you never know!

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  12. Oh my goodness! Look at all those ladybirds! I used to have SO many of them in my room at uni. They'd all huddle in the corner like they were plotting against me!

    Becky
    xx

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  13. Oh, I've never seen anything like that! Haven't seen many ladybirds at all this year where I am!

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  14. I love the photos and thanks for posting the theories about why you came about them, I would definitely have asked otherwise. We don't get to see a lot of ladybirds in the UK, especially not like this, what a fantastic sight!

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  15. So cool! I've always seen loads of ladybugs at my grandmother's house. Apparently the ladybug is also one of my state's (Tennessee) official bugs!

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  16. I never see something like that, and the color is different , like brown-orange
    cool

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  17. I have never seen so many lady bugs in my life!!

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  18. Woah, cool! Seems odd that they would be at the beach.
    You got me curious as to what the Texas state insect is, and guess what...it's the Monarch Butterfly! :) Our states are cute.

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  19. Were they alive? I'm guessing not if they were there because they'd been washed up?

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  20. Wow I have never seen anything like that before! Fascinating.
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  21. ah this is so amazing :3
    http://iridescentdots.blogspot.co.uk/

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