Ladybirds spotted

Patrick Keogh 31 December 2010 20

I took the following photo today on the very top of Mt. Ainslie.

Ladybird swarm

A ladybird riot! A single photo does not do justice to the huge numbers that were clustered around the pole and flying around. I had to brush literally dozens off myself and camera when I retreated down the stairs after taking the shot.

Does anyone know why they’d congregate at the very top of the mountain? Nothing to eat there…


What's Your Opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
20 Responses to Ladybirds spotted
Filter
Order
spinact spinact 11:32 pm 05 Jan 11

………..it has begun

watto23 watto23 2:49 pm 04 Jan 11

Happened a few years ago as well. I was finding the little buggers in my car and bag for weeks.
Still might go snap some photos laters.

oddball508 oddball508 12:17 pm 01 Jan 11

They were still there yesterday afternoon. After a short stop there I was still finding them on my clothing an hour later!
I tried to create an image to show how many are on the tower.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25223017@N00/5311215010/

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 9:10 am 01 Jan 11

I used to work on mobile phone towers and midsummer 2 years ago found a shipping container style hut at Wereboldera [Tumut]filled with tens if not hundreds of thousands of them, inside the meterbox, the air conditioning, on walls and floors! As for reason why they are up there, what happens when you put one on your hand? It goes up of course. Maybe looking for cooler climate? Great opportunity to get some cheap pest prevention for your roses though.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 10:59 pm 31 Dec 10

Ooh, I remember seeing them swarming like that at an open day at Mount Stromlo many years ago.

patrick_keogh patrick_keogh 8:46 pm 31 Dec 10

Postalgeek: Yes the pun was intended.

enrique: What part of “top of Mt. Ainslie” was hard to understand?

MrPC MrPC 7:00 pm 31 Dec 10

If you have tomato plants, bring a few home. Ladybirds love to eat aphids.

enrique enrique 4:39 pm 31 Dec 10

Is that the top of Mt. Taylor by any chance? I recall we used to find heaps of ladybirds and monarch butterflies up there in summer…

akinom akinom 2:16 pm 31 Dec 10

Don’t know why’d they congregate at that particular spot. What an astonishing photo.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:03 pm 31 Dec 10

Ah ha – so the ACT Govt’s “Come live in Canberra” scheme really does work.

s-s-a s-s-a 12:50 pm 31 Dec 10

Trying to grab a good spot to watch the fireworks tonite??

Postalgeek Postalgeek 12:41 pm 31 Dec 10

All ladybirds are spotted. Duh 😉

patrick_keogh patrick_keogh 11:18 am 31 Dec 10

Thanks OpenYourMind… the compliment was unexpected. The other ratbag comments were more typical 🙂

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 10:37 am 31 Dec 10

Nice work with the photos Patrick! As well as the Ladybirds, there’s some other really good shots in that gallery.

Special G Special G 10:03 am 31 Dec 10

Send them my may – that many ladybirds in my vege patch would be great.

boo boo boo boo 9:51 am 31 Dec 10

Pestilence… It was only a matter of time.

Deref Deref 9:44 am 31 Dec 10

Clearly Satan’s emissaries. Call Danny Nalliah – he’ll soon get Jesus to cast them into the eternal fires.

Jethro Jethro 9:22 am 31 Dec 10

Prayer group to cast out satanic influences from Canberra?

Pandy Pandy 9:11 am 31 Dec 10

For one, I welcome our Ladybird overlords.

Looking forward to being under them.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:35 am 31 Dec 10

Does anyone know why they’d congregate at the very top of the mountain?

Drawn in by the satanic influences to do Satan’s bidding. They’re evil little buggers Ladybirds.

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top

Search across the site