Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Musings - Ladybugs, Ladybugs...Everywhere

How do you feel about ladybugs? Whatever you choose to call them ladybugs, ladybirds, or lady beetles are beneficial bugs for the garden. One town in Jefferson County, Colorado has been practically taken over by swarms of ladybugs. They cover the houses in the area, as well as the grass and trees. In fact, the trees just look like they red bark. Check out a incredible video by clicking on the ladybug below:
Ladybug facts:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Genus: Coccinella
Family: Coccinellidae
Species: Above 5000
Size: 1 to 10mm (depending upon the species)
Diet: Onmivore, Aphids, Scale Insects, Mealybugs and Mites
Natural Habitat: Throughout the world
Age: 2 - 3 years
Gestation Period: 4 - 7 weeks
Number of Offspring: 1 - 2 (depending upon the species)

Ladybug Legends:

(from link Ladybug Lore)

Nearly ALL cultures believe that a Ladybug is lucky.
Killing one is said to bring sadness and misfortune.

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.


First Light Glass said...

I love ladybugs! I've seen several this week so I'm hoping for some good luck!

Anonymous said...

They are pretty little bugs (if bugs can be pretty) but I understand they can be destructive. We have some but not swarms of them....we have swarms of June bugs right now.

Waterstone by Lori Plyler said...

OH! We got those when we lived in Virginia! I loved ladybugs until they swarmed our house. Kinda freaky when you see thousands of them together. lol

Curtis Collectables :) said...

I had no idea that ladybugs were thought of as being lucky. I learned something new.

Pauline said...

My grand-daughters and I love ladybugs. I can't wait to share all your interesting facts with them! They will be thrilled to learn they can mean good luck!

Scriptor Senex said...

That's a great collection of Ladybird legends. Can I add one - if a Ladybird lands on a a wedding dress during it will be an especially good marriage.

(If I lived in Brussels I'd keep very clear of 22 spot ladybirds!)

My Mum loved them until one year we had a ladybird plague and they went all over her. That's a bit too much good luck!