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Ladybugs!

Postby jessegooddog » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:18 am

My neighbor and I walked our dogs up the Shepherds Pass trail (Onion Valley) on Sunday and found a swarm of probably hundreds of thousands of ladybugs. The rocks looked like they were moving! We also passed 2 bright orange piles of bear scat, presumably full of rose hips. Great trail on a 50 degree day!



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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby Jimr » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:06 pm

Cool! My kids and I ran across one of those swarms at Valley Forge (Redbox Canyon) in the Angeles National Forest many years ago. We collected a baggie full and inoculated my garden.
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby fourputt » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:36 pm

There's a good California's Gold (TV show) episode about harvesting ladybugs. All the ones sold comercially are gathered by licensed hunters from higher elevations where they gather in swarms such as you witnessed late in the year.
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby DAVELA » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:54 pm

fourputt wrote:There's a good California's Gold (TV show) episode about harvesting ladybugs. All the ones sold comercially are gathered by licensed hunters from higher elevations where they gather in swarms such as you witnessed late in the year.


Saw that episode!
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby bheiser1 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:00 pm

Ohhhhh ... we sure could use some of them here - the aphids really do a number on a tree here, and on various garden plants...
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby lambertiana » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:34 pm

There is a spot 1.7 miles from the end of the road at South Fork (very southern edge of Sequoia NP on the west side) that is aptly named Ladybug. The ground appears to be a solid mass of ladybugs at the right time of the year.
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby RichardK » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:01 am

There is a section of Icehouse Canyon (near Mt. Baldy in So Cal) between 1 and 2 miles from the trailhead that has a huge swarm of ladybugs when they are in season.
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Re: Ladybugs!

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:40 pm

Jimr wrote:Cool! My kids and I ran across one of those swarms at Valley Forge (Redbox Canyon) in the Angeles National Forest many years ago. We collected a baggie full and inoculated my garden.


Not sure you're allowed to collect them if in a NF or a wilderness area. Regs are completely unclear on the matter.
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