Life in Newburgh on Ythan

By Talpa

In flagrante delicto

The garden is awash with ladybirds and with the sun out this morning they were busy creating even more of their kind!

I suddenly realised that after decades of looking at them I had no idea as to why they are called ladybirds. Luckily my good friend Prof. Google knows:

"The name ladybird originated in Britain where the insects became known as "Our Lady's bird" or the Lady beetle.  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." 

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