Perhaps best known as an emblem of luck. When a Ladybug lands on you, it is said your wish will come true. They are symbols of protection because their signature red shells protect them from predators and shield their delicate wings from the elements.
The name Ladybug originated in Europe during the Middle Ages, when insects were destroying the crops. Catholic farmers were said to have prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after,Ladybugs appeared and began eating the pests and saved the crops from destruction. The farmers began to call the Ladybugs “the Beetles of Our Lady” and eventually they were known as Lady Beetles. The Ladybug’s red wings are said to represent the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots her joys and sorrows.
The Ladybug is widely considered a symbol of luck and is seen as a good omen when it comes calling. In Sweden, it is said that if one lands on a young woman’s hand, she will soon get married. In France, it is said that if you are ill when one lands on you, it will fly away with your illness. Asian traditions hold to the belief that if caught and then released, the Ladybug will faithfully fly to your true love and whisper your name in his/her ear. Upon hearing the Ladybug’s message your true love will hurry his/her way to your side. In Ireland, the Ladybug is said to be a symbol of protection. In a Danish nursery rhyme, a ladybug (called mariehøne or “Mary’s hen”) is asked to fly heavenward and bring back fairer weather.
Ladybug teaches life is short and it teaches to let go of ones’ worries and fears, to trust in spirit and enjoy life. It brings the gifts of renewal and regeneration.