2016's ladybug invasionTuesday, April 26, 2016
Three years ago I wandering around the beach near my house when I stumbled upon tons and tons of ladybugs. It was CRAZY. I took lots of photos to document this unique event! (Photos of 2013's ladybug invasion.) I went back to the same spot two days after my discovery only to find they were all gone. I had never seen anything like it in my life. In the three years and oodles of trips to the beach since, I haven't seen anything like it again... until last weekend!
Jeff and I had some time between plans and figured we'd hit up our new favorite spot to look for beach glass. Can I just mention how much I love the fact that he's into this too?! So much fun! The tide was all wrong for finding glass but Jeff quickly spotted a few ladybugs which he pointed out to me. I bent down to check them out and realized there was just a whole little world of them in the sand. Everywhere I looked I kept finding more of them.
Compared to my 2013 photos, this is nothing but there is no denying that is A LOT of beetles! I remember researching why this phenomenon happens back when I first discovered it only to not find any real answers. Apparently there hasn't been much new information on the subject since. The cause is still debated with some claiming they get washed in from the lake, and others claiming the ladybugs are gathering at the shore from land. The thing that is most interesting to me is that it happens all over! I found an article about a big wash up in California and apparently one of the largest wash ups on record happened in Egypt in 1939. 4500 million of them on a thirteen mile stretch of beach! Can you even imagine that? Even to me, someone who really loves beetles, that sounds terrifying.
While switching back and forth between tabs of old posts, I realized that 2013's wash up in Geneva happened in September! Perhaps this is something that happens twice a year? Once when the weather begins to warm up and again when it cools off. I don't know but it's certainly interesting. I just happened to glance up at the date assuming that the older post would have had to have happened in April as well but nope!
I haven't made it back to the beach since finding these little guys but I'm sure they're already gone. Dead ones washed back into the lake and the living flown away to find food. Ladybug wash ups seem to mysterious to me. I feel lucky to have been able to see it twice in my life so far, hopefully this isn't my last! I sure wouldn't mind experiencing another monarch migration either!
PS. Did you know that if a ladybug lands on you it's supposed to bring good luck? Well after hanging out near these little dudes to shoot some photos I guess I've a lot of good luck on my side.