Last week Southern California saw a bloom of ladybugs so big it showed up on radar! As it turns out, there’s a whole field of science called aeroecology that’s using our increasingly accurate radar to track insects, birds and bats. Plus: ladybugs have had a lot of names over the years, including – for whatever reason – bishops!

High-flying ladybug swarm shows up on National Weather Service radar (Los Angeles Times)

‘Aeroecology’ uses radar to track flying animals (BBC)

Meteorologist reveals cause of colorful 100-mile-wide “cloud” over Denver (CBS News)

Why Birds Make Weird Circles on Weather Radars (Vice)

Ladybirds, ladybugs, and… cows? (Oxford Dictionaries)

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