Who Knew Signs of the Apocalypse Would Be So Adorable?

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Imagine for a moment that you’re having a boring Tuesday evening at work watching the radar in Southern California for the National Weather Service.

Then something strange catches your eye. There’s a slow-moving mass coming in from the north and bearing down on Southern California. It’s not a rain cloud, you soon realize, or a weather system but it is massive like one: An 80 by 80-mile blob chugging along toward San Diego. With all this UFO talk lately, you take a second to wonder if this finally the extraterrestrial invasion television has taught us to expect.

The giant mass observed this week was actually an 80 by 80-mile group of ladybugs flying from 5,000 to 10,000 feet in the air. The “bloom” of ladybugs was densest in a 10-mile mass in the middle and could be seen by people as flying “specks” from the ground.

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Thanks to radar images shared by the National Weather Service and published by the Los Angeles Times, we can see that the adorable apocalypse looked like this:

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Ladybugs, one of the few insects that don’t cause us to automatically wretch in disgust, will make good overlords once they land and choose their capital city.

A Los Angeles Times report details how in spring, ladybugs annually pick up and migrate from the Sierra Nevada mountains to mate, eat, and lay eggs.

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May God, who is clearly a vengeful and horny ladybug, have mercy on our souls.

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Patrick Howell O'Neill

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