Folklore

It has always been considered very unlucky to kill a ladybird, and this is said in most of Europe’s cultures.

English Folklore

Farmers believe that if many ladybirds are seen in springtime, crops will be abundant.

Ladybirds are also thought to carry away illness, grant wishes and should one land on the hand, you will be married within the year.

Counting the spots on a ladybird will tell you how many happy months you will have, how many children you will bear and also how much money you are about to come into.

American Folklore

If you find a Ladybug hibernating in the house, you will have good luck.

If a ladybird lands on your hand and flies away unassisted, you will receive good luck.

Canadians say that if a Ladybug lands on you, make a wish and when it flies away, the wish will come from that direction.  This is when they sing the rhyme, Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly away home…

Swedish Folklore

If a ladybird was to land in a girls hand, she will be married.

Italian Folklore

If a ladybird was to fly into the bedroom, you will have good luck.

Austrian Folklore

Austrians believe a ladybird is a sign of good weather to come.

Chinese Folklore

Chinese people consider it very good luck to find a ladybird in the home.

German Folklore

If you find a ladybird that has less than 7 spots, you will have a good harvest.

French Folklore

In the French wine growing regions, finding a ladybird will bring good weather for the grapes.

Scottish Folklore

James Napier recounts in Folk Lore and Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland within This Century (1879):

Grown up girls, when they caught a lady bird, held it in their hands, and repeated the following couplet – ‘Fly away east or fly away west,And show me where lives the one I like best.’

Its flight was watched with great anxiety, and when it took the direction which the young girl wished, it was not only a sort of pleasure, but a proof of the augury.

In another of the verses, you can supposedly determine where the home of a future lover is:

 Lady, Lady, Lady Landers,

Tak yer cloak aboot your heid

An flee awa to Flanders. 

Flee ower firth and flee ower fell, 

Flee ower pool and rennin well, 

Flee ower muir an flee ower mead, 

Flee ower leevin, flee ower deid, 

Flee ower corn, flee ower lea, 

Flee ower river, flee ower sea, 

Flee ye east or flee ye west, 

Flee til her that loves me best.

Finally, here are some common myths that are untrue:

You can tell a ladybird’s age by its spots – No.  Spot numbers are different species

Ladybirds grow bigger – No.  They emerge as adults and remain the same size

Ladybird blood is yellow – No.  This is an excretion they emit as defence, from glands in the legs

 

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