It was a lovely day for an open-air Carp Rocks gathering of hand-painted lady bugs. Led by Danielle Bordenave, who organized the Valentine’s Day event at Carpinteria State Beach, painters brought 496 rock ladybugs painted in a variety of styles and colors. The ladybugs were placed along the side of the boardwalk, creating a 90-foot line of brightly colored ladybugs. “I decided it would be fun to do a ladybug line,” said Bordenave, “and then when doing some research, I learned that a group of lady bugs is called a ‘loveliness,’ so it seemed perfect for Valentine’s Day.”

After making the ladybug line, the group set off to hide most of the “love bugs” around town to bring delight to each of the lucky people who find one.


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