Ladybugs in Ventana

On the third day of trail-cutting we made an absolutely awesome discovery. As one of the other workers slowly hacked his way through the underbrush he caught sight of movement by his ankles. Upon closer inspection he started screaming for everyone else to come and see what he’d found.

What he’d found was a stand of ferns covered with adult ladybugs. Disturbed by his errant swinging, they exploded out of their hiding places and filled the air. The rest of the crew (myself included) arrived in time to see a veritable cloud of beetles flying every which way. It was amazing, but short lived and we eventually went back to work.

A few hours later I decided to grab my camera and return to the stand of ferns to see if any of the Ladybugs had returned to their homes. (I’m pretty sure theirs a children’s song about that.)

They had and I got a few pictures before I had to get back to work.

There weren’t as many beetles as before, but there were enough for my purposes.

Unfortunately, most of the swarm had left the area when I returned, however there were still a few hundred crawling around on the sunlit ferns.

They were still flying around as well, and didn’t seem too enthusiastic about having their picture taken.

Not all of them were particularly good at hiding, however.


Posted on January 20, 2012, in The Ventana Wilderness and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. great photos! When I was a child, I loved them so much šŸ˜‰

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