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Just reading the tread on caterpillars, it reminded me of a visit over 40 years back to I think
Lyme Park though I am not 100 sure of this, anyway all seemed normal on arrival but suddenly
the place was crawling with ladybirds, so many it was impossible to walk without standing on
hundred's of them, they are predators and kill aphids so are the gardeners friend, I was told
that there population reacts to the aphid population but just how so many could suddenly
appear I don't know, we abandoned our visit and like a lot of people had to crunch our way
out, it seemed a reasonably local thing and I have never seen the like before or since.
 

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Ah, the great ladybird plague of ‘76.....I remember being taken on a school trip to London that summer where the teachers literally just abandoned us for the day to merrily wander around the city to our hearts content until it was time to go home! Billions of ladybirds seemingly on every available surface....very odd phenomena but not as odd as supposedly responsible adults deserting their pupils the way that they did.....in between accidentally squishing hundreds of ladybirds me and my mate went to check out the legendary fleshpots of Soho.......it was incredibly boring but at least we didn’t get kidnapped and buggered for our efforts!
 

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but just how so many could suddenly
appear I don't know

A female lays 10 to 50 eggs. Several generations a year. When the food supply is plentiful more of each generation survives to reproduce, and possibly more eggs are laid.

This means that they increase very very quickly.

A bit like the one grain of rice on a square of the chess board, 2 on the second square, 4 on the third and so on...
 

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I also recall one year where they were so common that you couldn't really walk without crushing some. That was the 80s though.
 
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I was on a family holiday on the Isle of Wight in 1976 or whenever it was, and the ladybirds were falling out of the sky, dead. I remember going up Union Street in Ryde, which is quite steep, and seeing people sweeping them away from shop doorways and steps leading up to them. Strange times. Wasn't that the year when it was really hot, and the ground cracked up and the grass died ?

You've got to at least have a picture of some ladybirds in a thread like this. I think some of them look like they were invented for an episode of Dr Who.

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I remember the great ladybird plague of ‘76. I recall them piling up in corners on the street.
 
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