Almost after an year break, here I am blogging again! Hope to do some more pending blog posts in the near future.
I have heard of the wildebeest migration, monarch migration, bird migration, but never ladybugs. This weekend I went to Oakland with a group of similar minded people to witness that. What a beautiful sight to see the aggregation of these tiny beetles. They all had gathered there to hibernate!
We parked our cars at the Skyline Gate staging area around 9am in the Redwood Regional Park (Oakland, CA) and took the Stream trail. Not a difficult hike but not a flat one either; you go down the trail and on the way back you will have to climb. On either side of the trail you can see them everywhere – on the logs, fence, fallen leaves, plants, etc. They are quite inactive in the mornings as they can’t fly when it is cold. So, you may want to hit that trail early to see them in clusters.
Here are some shots –
It is quite interesting to note that they choose the same over-wintering site that their ancestors chose.
Here is a nice article from KQED, Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Flying Away Home. Don’t miss the documentary embedded in there.