Thursday 13 June 2019

California: Weathermen puzzled over sudden migration of millions of ladybugs

The San Diego office of the National Weather Service noticed the phenomenon on their radar. It was not rain but a swarm of ladybugs moving out.

by Prabir Ghose (article) and Anne Sewell (video)
June 7, 2019 at 8:08 AM

The meteorologist who first noticed the strange sight on his radar presumed it to be raindrops. However, there was no rain in the area. The office then got in touch with volunteer weather spotters in the area to clear up the mystery. One of them mentioned about seeing “a lot of ladybugs around.” Other weathermen in the office tried to confirm that but were not lucky. Alex Tardy, who first noticed it, says, “It’s definitely not birds, and it’s not bats.

But we’re still not sure if it’s ladybugs.” The radar did pick up something the size of large raindrops but it was nighttime and it was happening at a height of more than 5000 ft. Hence, no one could say for sure what it really was.

The Guardian says in the opinion of an entomologist at the University of California, if there was a plane in the air at the time, it would have helped. It would have had dead insects on its wings. The entomologist is Lynn Kimsey who has worked with NASA and Boeing and is familiar with these sights. She went on to add that these insects do migrate in clusters but the timing appears odd.

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