Why All the Ladybugs at the Ocean’s Edge? – A Symbolic Message

ladybugEverything has meaning, at least that is how I choose to live my life. I see and receive symbolic meaning in all things in and around me, as well as create a consciously symbolic life of meaning and intentful purpose.

Whether small or big, I gratefully receive the beauty the Universe gifts me, enjoying the messages and connection the awareness of it all brings into my life. Sometimes that message is one of awareness to make compassionate and conscious change.

Yesterday I broke away for a couple of hours at the beach with a friend, and several new friends there, did I find.

It was a beautiful day with glistening sun on the ocean, as we walked and I looked for treasures from the sea, finding many.

What I also found were many little ladybugs at the water’s edge. I found this odd and pondered why, while in the process picked up two of them and placed them on my skin so that they could dry their wings in the sun light and my warmth.

These two little ones stayed with me, crawling and resting on my arm and my “Live Love” hoodie adorned with “Peace” sign for the entire walk, until their tiny wings were dry enough to set flight again.

The question still remains as to why ladybugs were at the ocean in the first place and after researching a bit, I found this was not an uncommon phenomena, yet still a mystery.

Some sources say that the ladybugs give birth during this time, and that some are blown to the coast when the Santa Ana winds whip through. And some debate how and why the ladybugs come to gather on the shorelines with two categories of reasoning: ladybugs floating to shore and ladybugs gathering at the shore from land. This would mean large numbers of synchronized ladybugs taking flight perhaps as a result of rapid growth in population in contrast to depletion of resources. In which case they may be setting off to forage or may be coming to shores to drink or gather there with reluctance to cross the water, after journey from land to the water’s edge in search.

And then some have thought ladybugs are blown or knocked into the water and then drift ashore caused by major winds or storms. It’s been shown that some ladybugs can float for over 150 hours with the estimated average time floating for washups to be about 33 hours.

So, were these ladybugs I found a product of environmental conditions or loss of resources? Or is there another mystery and message they are bringing to us? In either case, as with everything, there is something to be received by their coming to be found at the ocean’s edge. While I’d like to believe they love the ocean as much as I, I would tend to think that just like with the enormous amount of bees I’ve found on the water’s edge over the last year, that there is altogether another message in this and one to take to heart.

Since ladybugs are such beautiful symbols and good omens of things to come, would their message not be ironic in this context?

Lady bugs are a sign of good luck, of wishes coming true, love and protection. Lady bug wisdom according to my favorite shamanism site: 

Carries the Golden Strand that leads to the Center of the Universe 

Past lives 

Spiritual enlightenment 

Death and Rebirth 


Happiness, Love, Luck, Friendship

Good Deeds Done

We are definitely in a process of rebirthing and reinventing, myself included. What do you take away from their message?

All I know is that I wanted to save them and nurture them when I saw them and loved to be a stand in tree of energy for these two to find their strength again.

About Tania Marie's Blog

Creating life as a work of art with a magick rabbit by my side. I remember my song. Do you? Artist, Author and Reiki Master Teacher with over 30 years' experience in creative healing arts and metaphysical studies. Tania inspires people globally to return to natural harmony, draw forth imagination to manifest dreams, embody creative empowerment, and live more magickally and abundantly from their most natural frequency – in essence, Tania helps you to remember your song.

Posted on April 19, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. What a gift 😉 lady bugs are a reminder of freedom and gentleness and wonderment in the cycle of life . People always react with gleeful joy when they encounter these inspiring little creatures. Perhaps your encounter was an opportunity for you to make a soft landing somewhere to dry off and recover before you launch yourself into your adventure in life. The warm arms of god will then allow the effortless release of your spirit and new journeys will prevail 😉 blessings of light and love to you ….

    • definitely was a gift patty. i find all of the beings on earth to be so extraordinary. i felt much as you described with these little ones and do love your insight. a reminder of gentle self love and nurturing, keeping balanced with the cycles of life…always a valuable message to be mindful of. love, hugs and blessings to you too xoox!!

  2. HI! So weird, I was on a hike last week and came to a stretch where there were literally hundreds of lady bugs scattered about, but only on one side of the trail. I’ve hiked that space 1,000,000 times during every season of the year and never seen anything like it before. So funny you just encountered a bunch of them too, and in a totally different context… 🙂

    Hope all is well!


    • hi you! how are you? it’s been a while. very interesting you also experienced this ladybug phenomena as well. perhaps there is a message in the connection between us as well to ponder.


  3. i have been great, thanks! lots of growth given my recent life changes (which can be scary at times) but all in all very joyful and finding peace in the chaos. 🙂

    iiii know, i was just recently thinking about the pisces/capricorn duality the other day while staring at the full moon. definitely something interesting to ponder, methinks….


  4. I found one today in our lake i thought it was drowned i scooped it up and let it dry on my hand i didnt know they swim and float i also wondered what is the meaning to this !!!it stayed w me for a good 20min on the beach and flew away !!

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