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Anyone know why they chill out in big piles?

This is one cluster among millions of ladybugs in the Forest of Nisene Marks.

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  1. strange_wax 65 months ago | reply

    Cluster computation ? ;)

  2. Gone-Walkabout 65 months ago | reply

    eww I like ladybugs, but that's too many....plus the multitude of the stink bugs around I'm none too happy

  3. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ 65 months ago | reply

    ahhh, love bugs living the vida loca...

    ain't we all after all?

  4. rodrigolab 65 months ago | reply

    Wow! That must have been a hell of a party.

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  5. ©HTO3 65 months ago | reply

    warmth for winter

  6. markku mestila 65 months ago | reply

    Extraordinary Capture! You deserve another Buzz and Bug Award as seen in our pool

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  7. Cliff Michaels 65 months ago | reply

    "Impressive" Award

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  8. alter your reality 65 months ago | reply

    this is one crazy scene!

  9. daisybaxter 65 months ago | reply

    Extraordinary Capture! You deserve another Buzz and Bug Award as seen in our pool

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  10. Lord V 65 months ago | reply

    Good one - not sure what the temperature was but they often hibernate in clusters.
    Brian v.

  11. Gilles San Martin 65 months ago | reply

    The species is Hippodamia convergens. As somme other ladybirds species (Harmonia axyridis, Hippodamia undecimnotata,...) this one forms aggregates to pass the winter. The reason is not well known. It could be to increase the aposematic signal (we are red = don't eat us because we are toxic) or a dilution of the predation risk (if predator eat one individual, it will be disgusted by his terrible taste and will not eat other individuals of the aggregate).

  12. mahele 63 months ago | reply

    What a great photo ! I had a good laugh, with the notes and all ! ! ! !

  13. courtneymccolgan 62 months ago | reply

    Entirely inappropriate!

  14. Richard.Fisher 55 months ago | reply

    This photo and the others in the comments are too weird. I'm scared to look at any more of your photstream.

    ... but also a little intrigued.

    ... oh go on then I'll be brave.

  15. mimbrava 52 months ago | reply

    Fascinating shot, and thanks, Gilles, for the scientific info.

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