Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ladybug/bird/beelte many names many things

I was on the deck the other day and saw this and had to capture the moment in images in the wonderful late afternoon light. Having know the ladybug as a symbol of luck it was interesting at this point in time to learn this:

"Ladybug: The Ladybug is associated with spirituality and religious devotion. 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.

Ladybugs are also considered to be symbols of fire and the Sun. 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."



wcloister said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful story. Now it makes more sense to me the name of this little insect in Spanish: "Mariquita" = little Mary.

Your pictures reminded me of my childhood. In tropical countries we have ladybugs all the year around although they are not very easy to find. It was a common believe among girls that ladybugs would fly inside your ears, poke a whole and set you deaf. The legend had no base whatsoever, but it was a good (and fun) reason for girls to run away screaming hysterically while covering their ears every time a ladybug appeared on the school yard.

I used to love to catch them and let them sit in my hand. I loved the way they would hide under their hard wings looking like a shiny red seed. Sometimes on the border of the red shiny shell I could see the tip of its inner delicate white wings, which always reminded me of a lacework underskirt showing inadvertently under a lady’s skirt.

I would wait patiently until the bug thought it was safe, showed its black feet and started to walk. Then I would poke it carefully with my finger and the bug would hide again under its wings. Finally, tired of this “hide and poke” game, the ladybug would open its hard red wings, extend its hidden white wings and fly away leaving behind a brown bitter smelling droplet on my hand.

Kari said...

I miss you! :) best wishes from Brazil,

Anonymous said...

I BELIEVE, but in CHRIST that is! Just had extremely spritual moment and now my foyer is filled with Ladybugs. Coincident? Heck no, God is Good. God is great. Those Ladybugs are an illumination of his light and the VICTORY achieved today.

Praise God!

Ana Maria said...

eh.... mariquita is not little mary in spanish

Ana Maria said...

eh.... mariquita is not little mary in spanish