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Ladybird bettle swarm - Hippodamia convergens

Ladybird bettle swarm - Hippodamia convergens
mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, USA
At the top of a peak called "The Tooth of Time" there were swarms of ladybirds under all the rocks and branches. What species would these be?

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Ladybird bettle swarm - Hippodamia convergens Ladybird bettle swarm - Hippodamia convergens

Never seen so many ladybugs in one place
Wow, so many.

neat find!
I knew a guy in California that would go out in the mountains to find these colonies, collect, and then sell them. Apparently people are very territorial about these locations, kind of like mineral prospectors. I have yet to find a huge batch like this myself.

 
Yeah, never buy them for pest control :-P
They just dipserse once food become abundant anyway. I'm originally from WI, (live in CA now) and every fall when it started to get cold tons of multi-colored lady beetles swarmed my house. So my entire house looked like that :) I just remember my mom vacuuming them all up and it smelled sooooo bad!

 
eeew
I don't think I'd want to smell that. :)

I agree. Whatever somebody were to release as adult beetles would just fly away, but ladybird and lacewing larva might do a pretty good job until they grew up?

Even though the image is a little small...
It seems that you have found Convergent Lady Beetles (Hippodamia convergens).


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