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.