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.”
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) June 5, 2019
“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 .