What looked like a massive storm system on the National Weather Service radar in San Diego County turned out to be a lot of ladybirds.
The massive blob appeared on the radar on Tuesday night.
"The big echo that can be seen tonight on the SoCal radar is not rainfall, but a cloud of ladybugs, which is referred to as" flowering. "Office in San Diego wrote on Tuesday in a Tweet that received more than 1,000 likes and about 600 retweets.
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Joe Dandrea, meteorologist at NWS San Diego, said that while the ladybugs seemed to be in a concentrated mass, they were really over the Heavens spread and flew between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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After seeing it on the radar, Dandrea called a spotter near Wrightwood in the San Bernardino Mountains, which is about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles wondering what they really saw 9003] " I do not think they are as dense as a cloud, "said Dandrea. "The observer said there could be seen small specks flying by."
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It was not immediately known what kind of ladybugs caused the phenomenon.  The Times, however, reported that a species of ladybird called the convergent ladybird migrates to higher regions in early summer to find food, according to the University of California's Integrated Pest Control Program.