Ladybug, ladybug

Heading out of the door last night, we noticed a small guest right by the doorway entrance.

ladybug

Did you know that in nearly all cultures  a ladybug is believed to be lucky?   Killing one is said to bring sadness and misfortune.   There are nearly 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide.

More legends from this site on ladybug lore:

In France, if a Ladybug landed on you, whatever ailment you had would fly away with the Ladybug.

If a Ladybug is held in the hand while making a wish,  the direction that it flies away to shows where your luck will come from.

If the spots on the wings of a Ladybug are more than seven,  it’s a sign of coming famine.  If less than seven, it means you will have a good harvest.

In Belgium, people believed that if a Ladybug crawled across a young girl’s hand, she would be married within a year.

People in Switzerland told their young children that they were brought to them, as babies, by Ladybugs.       (…and we thought Storks did that)!

In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the Ladybug understands human language, and has been blessed by God, Himself.

In Brussels, the black spots on the back of a Ladybug indicate to the person holding it how many children he/she will have.

According to a Norse legend, the Ladybug came to earth riding on a bolt of lightning.

The Victorians in Britain believed that if a Ladybug alighted on your hand, you would be receiving new gloves…..if it landed on your head, a new hat would be in your future, and so on.

In the 1800’s, some doctors used Ladybugs to treat measles!  They also believed that if you mashed ladybugs (ewww!) and put them into a cavity, the insects would stop a toothache!

During the Pioneer days, if a family found a Ladybug in their log cabin during the winter, it was considered a “Good Omen”.

In the Spring, if numerous Ladybugs are seen flying around, British farmers say it forecasts many bountiful crops.

Many Bretons believe that the arrival of Ladybugs will bring fair weather.

Folklore suggests if you catch a Ladybug in your home, count the number of spots and that’s how many dollars you’ll soon find.

In Norway, if a man and a woman spot a Ladybug at the same time, there will be a romance between them.

 

So we were happy to see our wee guest having a rest at our home!  A good omen for the future.

Maybe I should knit a ladybug for luck?

lady-bug-amigurumi-knitting-pattern

 

 

Beetles aside, many prayers to the people of Boston – Haifa’s sister city – after the horrific attack at the marathon.  My heart goes out to you.

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One Response to “Ladybug, ladybug”

  1. Esther Says:

    Those ladybirds are so cute, I’ve added them to my queue.

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