Legends vary about how the Ladybug came to be named, but the most common is this. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, swarms of insects were destroying the crops. The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying pests and saving the crops! The farmers called these beautiful insects The Beetles of Our Lady, and – over time – they eventually became popularly known as Lady Beetles. The red wings were said to represent the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots were symbolic of both her joys and her sorrows.
Nearly all cultures believe that a Ladybug is lucky.
Killing one is said to bring sadness and misfortune.
In Norway, if a man and a woman spot a Ladybug at the same time,
there will be a romance between them.
In France, if a Ladybug landed on you, whatever ailment
you had would fly away with the Ladybug.
In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the Ladybug understands
human language, and has been blessed by God, Himself.
Tentou Mushi – Japan
Nyckelpiga – Sweden
Coccinelle – France
LadyBird – England
Mariquita – Spain