Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Beetle Named after the Virgin Mary

I never knew the Ladybird was named after Our Lady. 

Wikipedia says:

The name "ladybird" originated in Britain where the insects became known as 'Our Lady's bird or the Lady beetle.[9][10] Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows.[9] In the United States, the name was adapted to "ladybug". Common names in other European languages have the same association, for example, the German nameMarienkäfer translates to Marybeetle.[11]

1 comment:

  1. That is very interesting. I will be writing a seasonal article soon, and this tidbit of info would be a nice inclusion!