: Located in Oakland east bay mountains, we will visit at the Redwood Gate
section that is located on the south section of the large park. The entrance is
on Redwood Rd. east of Skyline Blvd.
The uniqueness of this large park is that during the cold winter months large colonies
of Ladybug are populating the park.
In order to see the ladybugs clustered at the park you need to visit at winter
months (Dec. – Feb.)
note: The ladybugs clusters in many cases are not huge so keep your eye opens
to spot them on the side of the trails.
thoughts: This is a really nice nature phenomena were ladybugs clusters are
covering specific section of the forest, the story behind their migration is interesting….
year from Dec. through Feb., thousands, if not millions, of the kids’ favorite
red bugs converge to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.
ladybugs begin arriving in Redwood Park and start clustering by Nov./Dec. and
stay at the park for the cold winter month.
lifespan of a ladybug is not long, just one year, they hatch from their eggs at
the central valley and manage to come back to this specific place, probably
following something that their previous generation left behind. They stay here for
the cold month to hibernate and at early spring they are flying back to the
central valley, lay eggs and die.
insects are actually lady-beetles and they have 4 wings underneath the forewings
with black spots on the red covering the body.
see many thousands of ladybugs red/rusty colored clustered on trees, leaf and small
visit at Redwood Gate Park south entrance, try to come early and park at the
end of the road at Canyon meadows staging area small parking lot.
Try to ask
the park ranger or other visitors where they spotted the ladybugs colonies, getting
the right location description will simplify your search. When walking it may
not be so visible but look for red or rusty colored and once you get up close
you will be able to see the tiny ladybugs.
start to hike on Steam trail, pass the meadows and get into the redwood woods. Start
to look for ladybugs clustered where the trees is less dance and where there
are other grassy vegetations or opening.
visited last year at early January and saw many clusters along the trail, you
start to see them after a mile into the hike. Keep going on Steam trail in the
canyon and you will see more around 1.3 miles from the starting point. Keep looking
as you go on the trail up to reaching Eucalyptus Trail.
way I saw to go to the same ladybug’s location is at Skyline Gate Staging Area,
this is located at the upper side of the Redwood Creek canyon. Take the Stream
Trail and start watching for the ladybugs right around the Eucalyptus Trail and
onward to Prince Trail.
the ladybug’s you can go back the same way you hike or continue walking in one
of the trails going up the ridge south to the West Ridge Trail, there turn east
and at some point go back to the canyon you parked at.