Holidaymakers run for cover from ladybird swarms and wasp numbers are on the rise too…
Tens of millions of ladybirds are swarming areas of Britain, causing people to run inside their homes to escape. The 'cute' red and black two-spotted and seven-spotted insects are on a mission for food and some are reported to even be biting humans.
Warm conditions are said to be the reason for the winged invasion at the seaside resort of Cromer, Norfolk, leaving families running for cover. The ladybirds managed to fly over to nearby Bacton-on-Sea, causing holidaymakers to shut themselves inside to avoid a ladybird collision.
And it wasn’t only Norfolk - an estimated 10 million ladybirds descended on Chard, Somerset, covering every inch of a 20-acre farm. The glut in aphids, the ladybirds' favourite food, has caused the thick blanket of the bugs, which is the largest since the summer of 1976.
However, bug-phobics shouldn’t panic, as according to the charity Buglife the swarm is a good thing. “Although people might be disturbed by the huge numbers of ladybirds, they are the two-spot and seven-spot variety which are native to this country,” explains Zoe Bunter. “These have been under threat from harlequin ladybirds which were introduced to Europe as a pest control and then came over to the UK.”
The bug invasion doesn’t stop at the ladybirds – the wasp population is also said to have grown due to warm conditions in the UK, leaving one mum with 40 stings.
Amanda Libot, 33 and her 2-year-old son Jared accidentally disturbed a nest in Bedfordshire, and were attacked by a swarm of wasps, resulting in a total of 55 stings between them. “It was like something out of a horror movie. I was peeling wasps of Jared’s face,” Amanda told the Daily Mail.
The rise in wasps is because of the warm weather the UK has experienced throughout spring and summer, which provides perfect breeding conditions. Wasps also feed on aphids. Hornet wasp colonies reach their peak population in the late summer months and can contain up to 700 large – rather angry- insects. Wasps nests are even larger, housing up to 10,000.
Ididn't believe ladybirds bite till one bit me last year.Ladybirds in books and as toys might be cute,but they're bugs all the same,and I don't do bugs.
Wasps worry me mre,actually that's an understatement.I have awasp phobia.I try not to,but I just end up flapping and running away..I have noticed this summer that the parks,farms and other places we've been to have less wasps when they have less bins and those they have have lids.Howletts Zoo was a nightmare,loads of open bins,loads of wasps,wouldn't leave you alone.You sit down for a drink,they're all over you,picnic a nightmare,we didn't even bother with ice creams(very cross kids).We went to other places with closed bins and there was very little problem.Simple solution,I think.
It is not funny!!
This happened where I live and it has been awful.
Ladybirds absolutely everywhere!!!!
We had a carnival last week and there were swarms of the bugs, you couldnt see the sky for them, they were in your hair, clothes and they even like ice-cream!!
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