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Ladybug Thistle Berries | by Sally Rae Kimmel
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Ladybug Thistle Berries

Overwintering Ladybugs

Redwood Regional Park

Oakland, CA



Every winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Oakland California, ladybugs overwinter at the Redwood Regional Park. This was my first time seeing them in person and it was an amazing sight! I have never seen so many ladybugs at one time! This was a very cold day, so they weren't moving around very much. There was still ice in the grass at the beginning of the trail that had not melted yet from the freezing temperature from the night before even though it was late afternoon. The dried thistle was covered with them! They looked like red berries and brought life back to this dried up thistle. This photo shows only some of them that I saw this day, but there were thousands more too! I took several photos of them, because I was so in awe of them.


Redwood Regional park is one of the East Bay Regional parks. It is just one of the many beautiful parks in the San Francisco Bay area that the public has access to. I hope that seeing this photo encourages the viewer to support and protect all of the beautiful local, regional, state and national parks, open spaces, preserves, museums, etc. that we are all fortunate enough to have available to us to enjoy, including the Academy.


(If anyone reads this and wants to see more photos of them, I have a set of 20 photos that I created on my Flickr photostream as well.)


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Taken on January 17, 2012