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Ladybug Facts and Legends
Ladybugs in space!
In 1999, NASA sent Ladybugs and aphids up in the space shuttle to observe how the aphids' defense mechanisms would work without the presence of gravity.
Interesting facts about Ladybugs
People worldwide know of and admire the beautiful Ladybug (or as others may know the insect as, the Lady Beetle or the Ladybird). While the first color that comes to mind when most people think of the Ladybug is red, it comes in a variety of other shades as well, including orange, yellow, black, and pink. In fact, there are almost 5,000 species that exist throughout the globe.
Here are some more Ladybug facts that you may not have known:
- The average lifespan of a Ladybug is two to three years.
- Some Ladybugs may have as many as twenty spots, while others will have no spots at all (Some species also have stripes).
- A female Ladybug will produce clusters of twenty to fifty eggs in the early spring and can lay as many as 1,000 eggs in her lifetime.
- Ladybug larvae (babies) are actually larger than their adult counterparts- some say that they look like tiny alligators.
- Ladybugs can eat up to approximately 5,000 aphids in their lifetime, which is why farmers have been using the insects as a method of controlling populations of crop-eating pests since the early 1900s.
- If a Ladybug is attacked by a predator, it will secrete a foul-smelling yellow liquid (which is actually its blood). This is usually all it takes for the predator to change its mind.
- The Ladybug's name was first coined in the Middle Ages when European farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began to destroy their crops. Ladybugs later came around and killed off the insects. The farmers, believing that they were an answer to their prayers, called them 'the beetles of Our Lady'.
- When in flight, a Ladybug can beat its wings up to 85 times per second.
- Ladybugs will actually eat each other when food is scarce.
- Unlike many others insects, Ladybugs hibernate during the winter.
- The color of a Ladybug's spots fades as it ages.
- Ladybugs breathe through openings located at the sides of their bodies.
Dress your baby as a Ladybug for Halloween!
Another fun fact
The Ladybug is the State Bug of Massachusetts.
Ladybug legend and lore
A number of superstitions relating to Ladybugs have popped up as well. The most well-known of these is that they bring good luck. On the contrary, it has been believed that anyone who harms or kills the beetle will bring misfortune unto himself or herself.
Other Ladybug legends:
- If you hold a Ladybug while making a wish, the direction that it flies away indicates where the answer to your wish will come from.
- In folk medicine, Ladybugs were ground up to cure toothaches, measles, stomach aches, and crying babies.
- In Switzerland, the Ladybug is the baby-deliverer (just as the stork is in the US).
- In Brussels, the number of spots on a Ladybug foretells how many children the person holding it will have.
- Certain Asian cultures believe that Ladybugs can understand human languages.
- In Belgium, it was believed that if a Ladybug crawled across a young woman's hand, she would be married within a year.
- People believed that if a Ladybug with less than seven spots was seen, the harvest would be good for that season; if it had more than seven, there would be famine.
- In Norway, if a man and a woman see a Ladybug at the same time, romance will blossom between them.
- A Norse legend states that the Ladybug came to Earth riding on a bolt of lightening.
- Legend says that if you find a Ladybug in your house, count the number of spots it has and that will be how many dollars you will find.
- People in France believed that if a Ladybug landed on someone, it would take away whatever ailment the person had when it flew away.
- The number of spots seen on a Ladybug indicates how many months it will be before one finds romance.
- Many Bretons believe that the arrival of Ladybugs indicates fair weather.
- In Ireland, the Ladybug is said to be a symbol of protection.
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