I was performing my monthly volunteer work with the Mount Diablo Trail Crew yesterday when I came across a rather amazing sight. Thousands of ladybugs piled high on many plants and rocks.
The day was overcast and threatening to rain. The location was near lower Trail Through Time, south of the Rock City area.
LADYBUGS BY RAY MENGEL, BAY POINT, CALIFORNIA
Do you think that the lady bugs are in their mating season, just keeping warm, or would there be another reason for these insects to do this strange act?
I thought they would make for a good photo. I took a few shots and am attaching a few for you. If you would like to use them, as you did with my tarantula photo, you may.
Ray Mengel, Bay Point, California
In winter, millions of ladybugs fly into canyons and heavily forested East Bay Regional Park District parks and Mt. Diablo State Park seeking protection from rain and cold. In spring they return to local fields and home gardens to eat aphids and other bugs.
A few years ago, a Moraga man wrote me about thousands of ladybugs he found inside his house when he got home from work.
They were even floating in his breakfast cereal. Colorful — but not too tasty.
Thanks for sharing the GREAT photos. Beautiful! /Gary