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This seven-spot ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) has found the best spot in the park to enjoy the spring! Beautiful blossom and plenty to eat πŸ™‚

The name “ladybug” was coined by European farmers who prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began eating their crops. After ladybugs came and wiped out the invading insects, the farmers named them “beetle of Our Lady”. This was later shortened to “lady beetle” and “ladybug”.

17 responses

  1. I didn’t know the history behind the name, that’s fascinating

    April 9, 2017 at 8:28 AM

  2. Sweet ladybug shots! Very well done! πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2017 at 7:12 PM

  3. This looks like one very happy little ladybug, Calee, and your photographs of her are just beautiful!

    April 9, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    • Thanks a lot, Lisa! I would be happy too if I was this ladybug πŸ™‚

      April 10, 2017 at 4:45 AM

  4. These are amazing. The last is my favourite. Despite your protestations, you really are good at the write ups – you make it all interesting and fun. I’ve learned more about bugs and plants here than anywhere else and enjoyed the views too😊

    April 10, 2017 at 2:41 AM

  5. Another great pairing of image and information – that was new to me, too. I feel like I’m peering in at them right along with you, and I can almost smell the flowers.

    April 10, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! πŸ™‚ I think that’s the finest compliment I could get!

      April 10, 2017 at 4:17 PM

  6. Wow, absolutely love these!!!! β™₯ The colours are so attractive.. and the clarity… just stunning, well done!! πŸ˜€ We call them ‘laydybirds’ in the UK… nothing like a bird of course, no idea where that came from! And in Norfolk where I live, they traditionally call them a ‘bishy-barney-bee’.. hilarious word I know! I did read somewhere once where it came from… some mish-mash of old English and another language I think, but can’t remember it all now. I’m not native to Norfolk, so it still makes me laugh that word… I’ve always called them ladybirds.

    April 22, 2017 at 1:07 AM

    • Thanks a lot, Suzy! I’ve never heard ‘bishy-barney-bee’ before, but I like it! πŸ˜€

      April 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

  7. In life I only saw it once, and I was surprised to see them. I thought it might be very big. But turned it’s so small and cute

    April 23, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    • It’s the first time I’ve heard anyone expected ladybugs would be big! I’m glad they’re the size they are πŸ™‚

      April 23, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      • I live in Saudi Arabia, so we have desert over here more or less. Very few places have plantation so to see Ladybird it’s like a celebrity πŸ˜€

        April 23, 2017 at 9:17 PM

        • Haha πŸ™‚ That ladybird must’ve felt very special, they don’t get much attention over here.

          April 24, 2017 at 6:09 AM

          • Yes indeed, we don’t have flowers, very very few pathways in the middle of the 2 main road, they plant some flowers for spring, which died in 3 weeks time.

            Rest no where unfortunately, so this ladybird is indeed a celebrity πŸ˜™

            April 24, 2017 at 6:26 AM

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