Winter Walks: Beetlemania in Redwood Regional Park

A "loveliness" of ladybugs clusters on a fencepost near the Stream Trail.

Tired of your usual pandemic walking or hiking trails? If you’re not already a regular at Redwood Regional Park, this is the time of year to check out the ladybug clusters near the intersection of the Prince and Stream Trails. The hike from Skyline Gate along the East Ridge to the Prince Trail and down to the Stream Trail makes a nice 1.5 hour(ish) loop with some elevation. You’ll find a “loveliness” of ladybugs — the term for a swarm of the red beetles — along the fence posts near a park placard explaining their wintering behavior.

Clusters of ladybugs congregate on fence posts near the intersection of the Prince and Stream Trails.
East Bay Regional Park display on the trail.
The Stream Trail runs along Redwood Creek.

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