The other day I was sitting on the deck with our dog when I watched a ladybug land on her little white sleeping snout. She twitched for a moment in her sleep but otherwise she was oblivious to this little bug taking a pause in her day.
I tried to stealthily reach for my phone but the ladybug caught on and flew away (So much for the Instagram moment.) I started thinking about ladybugs and why they are so much more charming that say, spiders or centipedes.
Five things I learned as I Googled ladybugs:
- Ladybugs aren't bugs at all, but beetles
- They can eat 50-100 aphids a day (they're great little pest killers)
- They are named Ladybugs after the Virgin Mary
- In Russia, they are called "Bozhya korovka" or God's little cow (in reference to their spots)
- Many people believe that a ladybug landing on you heralds a time of good fortune or happiness
If you think of a ladybug landing on you as a little bit of good luck, you'll enjoy this article.
(If you need happiness or a little luck in your life right now, increase your chances of a ladybug landing on you by finding some rosebushes. Ladybugs have a thing for them.)