Why do we call ladybugs ladybugs?

  1. marianamagic profile image73
    marianamagicposted 5 years ago

    Why do we call ladybugs ladybugs?

    Just wondering

  2. Grammagill profile image61
    Grammagillposted 5 years ago

    The ladybugs scientifc name is (Coleoptera, meaning "sheath-winged:, and Coccinellidae, meaning "little red sphere.) Close to 400 species living in North America, and nearly 5,000 species worldwide.

  3. Shaddie profile image90
    Shaddieposted 5 years ago

    Well your answer can easily be found by reading the Wikipedia entry for 'ladybug.' But since I'm feelin' helpful I'll just tell you what's what.

    The name ladybird originated in the UK. It was originally called 'Our Lady's bird' or the 'Lady beetle.' Mary (the virgin Mary - aka "Our Lady") was sometimes drawn wearing a red cloak in the early religious paintings. Ladybugs are red. The spots of the ladybug (the most common ladybugs have seven spots) were said to symbolize Mary's seven joys and seven sorrows. In the U.S the term was adapted erroneously to just ladybug, even though it's not a true bug.

    And there you have it. The ladybug, or ladybeetle, or ladybird.

 
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