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Ladybugs on Emory Peak?

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Offline twystoflemon

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Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:28:00 PM »
Does anyone know what is up with the swarms of ladybugs (and some other tiny flying insects) at Emory Peak?  I encountered this progressively more concentrated and rabid swarm as we summited Emory on Saturday afternoon.  It was a major disappointment to be rushed off the peak by what are usually such friendly and luck-producing insects.  I have never seen anything like it, and my friend who lives in the area and has been up Emory Peak numerous times had not seen that before either. It was so bad that we had to don bandanas around our faces to keep from inhaling them.  Thanks!

-K.

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016, 08:41:37 PM »
Wow, never encountered insects up there, but i know one year down in the basin there was a major swarm of some small flying insect, they were so bad had to run around the truck before getting in so i would not be covered in them

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2016, 09:05:45 PM »
Entomologist aren't really sure why they converge on mountain tops.  They do it around the world.  I've seen them covering the peaks at Guadalupe Mountains.


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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2016, 10:40:11 PM »
Yes, I've seen them up there several times over the years. No idea why.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:18 PM »
Saw them all over Mt Locke in the Davis a couple times too. Coolest at the highest elevations?

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Offline Talusman

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2016, 07:23:57 AM »
Yes, I've seen them up there several times over the years. No idea why.

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Here is a post I read after last weekend, as again I also saw swarms of them on top of Shumard Peak.

http://www.summitpost.org/exploring-the-mystery-of-summit-ladybugs/723486/p2
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Offline mr.bean5150

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2016, 08:24:07 AM »
They are "LADY" bugs.....it's their perogative.....
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2016, 09:29:06 AM »
Yes, I've seen them up there several times over the years. No idea why.

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Here is a post I read after last weekend, as again I also saw swarms of them on top of Shumard Peak.

http://www.summitpost.org/exploring-the-mystery-of-summit-ladybugs/723486/p2
A very detailed article. And I learned that ladybug dealers are a thing.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2016, 11:30:18 AM by Homer Wilson »

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Offline twystoflemon

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2016, 11:22:49 AM »
Thanks for the responses everyone!

-K.

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Offline tx1c

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 12:50:30 PM »
We saw the ladybugs on Emory Peak last October.  We didn't experience any of the swarming around. 
I didn't expect them up there so it was an interesting surprise. 

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Offline VivaTerlingua

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2016, 01:53:03 PM »
I hiked up to Emory Peak on Sunday and saw a few ladybugs, nowhere near as many as you saw.  I did see a Texas Alligator Lizard on the Pinnacles trail though.


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Offline Jalco

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2016, 03:10:37 PM »
I hiked up to Emory Peak on Sunday and saw a few ladybugs, nowhere near as many as you saw.  I did see a Texas Alligator Lizard on the Pinnacles trail though.



One of these guys gave me quite a scare last year.  Hiking out to the Rim, we came across a rattler on the trail.  No problem, gently coax him off the trail and ease on by.

On my return trip, though, coming thru the tall grass just as you get into the upper end of Boot Canyon, Mr. Lizard zipped out of the grass and across my boot.  I just remember seeing something round, slithery, and stripedy, and hearing someone scream like a little girl  :icon_redface:

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2016, 01:50:11 PM »
The article did mention they feast on aphids during the spring... maybe there are aphids (less visible than the ladybugs) all over the peaks and that's what draws the ladybugs???

(non-botanist/zoologist/etymologist supposition there, no expertise claimed)
« Last Edit: May 26, 2016, 02:02:38 PM by ds9writer »
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2016, 06:34:18 PM »
There were times in the past when I was up on the roof area of a tall building in downtown San Antonio and there were swarms up there. Something about needing to go to a high place and gather...natural or man made...I guess.
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Ladybugs on Emory Peak?
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2016, 04:35:38 PM »
I demoed an older house in Bastrop last summer.  They were all up in the stud bays.  I've never seen so many together at one time.  Really freaky. :nailbitting:

 


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