I obviously went straight to google when I got home to read all about why they’re there. It’s apparently a super common thing that’s called exactly what it is – a ladybug wash up. There seems to be lots of mixed information on why this happens, you can read about some of the theories here.
I’m still finding ladybugs each day – around my house, in my car, in my camera bag, etc. I must have been covered in them when I left. I still can’t even believe just how many there were. Oddly enough, I went back to the beach two days after I found all of these and there were only a few left there. No big clumps of them left, just some stragglers.
Did you know Ohio’s state insect is the ladybug? I didn’t but it sure seems relevant right now!