Ladybug swarm spotted flying over southern California

Ladybugs are so sweet and so wonderful to see.

Except, perhaps, when they look like this.

A massive “bloom” of ladybugs flying over southern California Tuesday evening was spotted on the National Weather Service radar system.

The blob looked like a cloud.

But it was moving quickly over San Diego County.

“The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a ‘bloom,'” NWS San Diego posted on Twitter, along with a freaky image.

Meteorologist Joe Dandrea told the Los Angeles Times the bloom stretched 80 miles by 80 miles, (129 kilometres) though the densest mass was concentrated across 10 miles, (16 kms), and the ladybugs were flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet (1,525 and 2,745 metres).

But why so many ladybugs, or ladybirds as they are known in the UK.

Nobody really knows.

Photo NWS San Diego/Twitter

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