Good Luck Ladybug

lady-bugLegends 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


2 thoughts on “Good Luck Ladybug

  1. In England it is thought to be a symbol of good luck when a ladybird lands on a person but they must not brush it off. About 5 years sgo so many ladybirds swarmed where I lived that hundreds of birds sat on the rooves of the buildings and took it in turns to dive bomb a tree on which the ladybirds had settled. Quite a sight.
    As the day got warmer the ladybirds were obviously trying to find shade and 1000’s got into my and neighbours homes. Even with windows closed thry made their way in through vents, cracks and then gathered at the meeting line of the ceiling and wall of rooms. They marched, no flying seemed permitted in doors, around to the furthest point from the light and their numbers grew and grew. Overwhelmed all I could do was use the vacuum cleaner to clear the rooms.
    Later I read in the newspaper that an US laborotory had bred by adjusting the ladybirds dna, a ferocious aphid eating ladybird, to assist farmers. They could be identified by the numerous black spots on their wings. I was used to ladybirds with one dot on each wing, but these had apparently died away when the US ladybird had been introduced into my country, simply because there were no aphids left to eat.

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