Swarm of ladybugs so large it registers on National Weather Service radar in California

Posted: 4:34 PM, Jun 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-08 18:34:12-04

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – A swarm of ladybugs moving through San Diego County was so large it registered on the National Weather Service’s (NWS) weather radar Tuesday night,  CBS Los Angeles reports . The NWS office in San Diego tweeted out a video of the radar that looked to be showing precipitation but was in fact what they called a ladybug “bloom.”

“The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of ladybugs termed a ‘bloom,'” the tweet read.

NWS Meteorologist Miguel Miller told local news radio station KNX-AM the 80-mile-long and 80-mile-wide swarm was heading toward San Diego County from the San Gabriel Mountains.

The ladybugs were reportedly flying between 5,000 and 9,000 feet high,  according to the Los Angeles Times .