Top 10 Amazing Animal Swarms on Trees

One of the biggest problems that farmers have with insects is that they are fine on their own, but when there is a whole swarm of them it is a real issue! But I kind of like bugs even when there is a lot of them, so I did rather enjoy watching “Ultimate Swarms”  and it is that program that has inspired this post…


Top 10 Amazing Animal Swarms on Trees


Bee Swarm on a tree
Bee Swarm on a tree

10 – Bees
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Most of us have seen hives in trees, but they are also known to swarm over the whole tree while looking for a new home! This is one very deadly tree indeed and with all these bees over it, they would certainly kill an adult human without much thought.

Firebug Swarm on a tree
Firebug Swarm on a tree

9 – Firebugs
www.flickr.com/photos/thomwisdom/5346015178/

They might well be little bit it is well known that these tiny firebugs have a nasty little nip to them, so imagine coming across a tree that is covered in millions if them! Scary indeed.

Cicadas Swarm on a tree
Cicadas Swarm on a tree

8 – Cicadas
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Over in North Carolina a rather large swarm of rather large “Cicadas” is seen each and every year. Destroying crops, grasslands and indeed trees, in fact, they just about eat anything they land on! Don’t really know what one is? Well just imagine a large grasshopper crossed with a fly because that is roughly what they are, and there are Billions of them.

Spider Swarm on a tree
Spider Swarm on a tree

7 – Spiders
www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-03/30/pakistan-tree-spiders

To be honest, this is just about my worst nightmare, personified! The problem was that after unprecedented flooding it deeply affected the country’s arachnid population to the point that they could only survive by climbing the trees. Only they ALL climbed the trees and it was said that on each tree there was millions of them all about 2″ in size each!!!

Soldier Beetles Swarm on a tree
Soldier Beetles Swarm on a tree

6 – Soldier Beetles
www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/all-you-need-is-love-bondi-plays-host-to-the-beetles-20120111-1pvh5.html

Over in the beautiful surroundings of Wairoa Reserve in Bondi this plague of soldier beetles decided that it was their turn for a holiday and arrived in their millions! It was said that at times there was so many of them it brought the trees down!

Locust Swarm on a tree
Locust Swarm on a tree

5 – Locust
news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/pictures/130308-pictures-locust-swarm-egypt-israel-science/#/locust-swarm-egypt-palestine-israel-tree_65103_600x450.jpg

This list just wouldn’t be right without them, I am of course talking about Locusts. They can swarm in the trillions and have been known to strip a whole tree in under an hour.

Crab Swarm on a tree
Crab Swarm on a tree

4 – Crabs
www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/ag-blog/2011/01/march-of-the-christmas-island-crabs/

These are the red crabs of Christmas Island. And each and every year they swarm up trees on their annual migration but do climb down to lay their eggs in the sand.

Caterpillar Swarm on a tree
Caterpillar Swarm on a tree

3 – Caterpillar
matthewkeighery.com/white-cedar-tree-and-the-caterpillar-attack/

Leptocneria reducta  is one very nasty caterpillar species and once a year it assembles on mass and the population often explodes into is millions and they eat all the leaves of a tree until there are no more and then move on to the nest on one big group again!

Butterfly Swarm on a tree
Butterfly Swarm on a tree

2 – Butterflies
www.pinterest.com/pin/393431717417856105/

Most Morpho butterflies are coloured in metallic shimmering shades of blue. So a whole tree covered in them has been described as a transforming, disappearing and reappearing  mass, and is said to be one of the greatest things to see while in the jungles of Mexico.

Ladybirds Swarm on a tree
Ladybirds Swarm on a tree

1 –  Ladybirds
www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16290795

Cute, lovable ladybirds indeed, but when there is millions of them that cover a tree head to root they are not so cute at all, in fact, they are rather scary.

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  4. Oh my goodness Russell, this post gave me the heebiejeebies!!! (Particularly the spider and the bee ones!) xx

  5. And scratch it would make you a swell, imagine seeing them all in the trees like legged petals! Disgusting. Nature has a wonderful way of grossing us out.

  6. Where the heck are those spiders? I need to know so I’ll NEVER NEVER EVER GO THERE!

    Those bee swarms are pretty scary. What’s scarier is if they then decide the space under the eaves of the roof above your back door would make a good permanent residence.

  7. These photos went from creepy to creepier to creepiest, except for the blue butterflies. Even the ladybeetles freaked me out. We lived in Darwin in the mid 80s and there they have big green ants which build nests in the trees by weaving the leaves together into a big round ball. Look out if you brush up against one accidentally. One year a cyclone went through and all the ants were blown out of their nests. The ground was covered with very cranky ants!

  8. Blue Morpho is my favourite butterfly due to that gorgeous colour…. how fabulous to see them enmasse like this! The lady birds swarm was interesting – dread to think of how many aphids there were that induced that kind of gathering! I have seen many swarms of monarch butterflies in my time – apparently they gather together before migration begins and I’ve been lucky enough to see huge trees alive with them – quite an amazing sight!

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