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Ladybug ‘bloom’ shows up on National Weather Service radar

Posted: 8:03 PM, Jun 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-05 20:03:13-04

SAN DIEGO – A large blotch that could have been mistaken for rain moving into Southern California Tuesday was actually a massive swarm of ladybugs, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

"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 tweeted.

Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, estimated the bloom to be about 80 miles by 80 miles, according to the Los Angeles Times .

Despite the uniform, colored blob that appears on radar over San Diego County, Dandrea said the ladybugs likely didn't form a dense cloud of that size. He said a spotter in the San Bernardino Mountains described the ladybugs as "little specks flying by."