Thursday, May 27, 2010

LADYBUGS: Facts and Lore





FACTS


1. Ladybugs are great for our veggies and plants, they eat aphids which are harmful to our plants.

2. a ladybug will flap its wings approximately 500 times a minute

3. A ladybug produces a chemical to protect themselves from predators which smells and tastes terrible.

4. A ladybug's spots fade as they get older

5. Females are usely larger than males

6. They can eat up to 5,000 aphids in 3-6 weeks.

7. They have a life span of one to two years.






LORE


In Norway, if a man and a woman spot a Ladybug at the same time,
there will be a romance between them.

In the Spring, if numerous Ladybugs are seen flying around,
British farmers say it forecasts many bountiful crops.

Folklore suggests if you catch a Ladybug in your home, count the number
of spots and that's how many dollars you'll soon find.

In the 1800's, some doctors used Ladybugs to treat measles! They
also believed that if you mashed ladybugs and put them
into a cavity, the insects would stop a toothache!

If the spots on the wings of a Ladybug are more than seven,
it's a sign of coming famine. If less than seven, it means
you will have a good harvest.

Nearly ALL cultures believe that a Ladybug is lucky.
Killing one is said to bring sadness and misfortune.

If you find a ladybug in your house during the winter, you
will have good luck.


2 comments:

  1. Great post! I loved reading it and I have always loved ladybugs. I used to play with them in the corn fields when I was a child. I remember singing them the ladybug song.

    We have been thinking about getting guinea fowl to warn us when the fox shows up. Morgan doesn't always see it and the chickens roam around and don't stay together. Poor dog can't watch them all. You said you had 1 guinea. Sounds like a great idea. We could start with one and see how it all works out. I was worried the guinea would make too much noise at night. Thanks for commenting and for the idea.

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  2. Lovely post! If according to the lore, we should be very lucky and have bountiful crops!

    Your photography is wonderful.

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