It was such a treat to have spotted this lovely creature yesterday. Unlike the usual ladybugs that frequent our backyard, this one is like 10mm big. It’s so beautiful that it seems not real – like something that you would want as an accessory… so beautiful it is aptly called a lady. Although not all of them are ladies, of course.
Scientifically known as Coccinellidae, there is a story why it’s called a lady…
In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs “The Beetles of Our Lady”, and they eventually became known as “Lady Beetles”! The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows. They didn’t differentiate between males and females.
For more info and fun facts about ladybugs visit http://www.ladybuglady.com.
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