I used to have TV curfew when I was a little girl. On weekdays, TV would start at 3 pm and Sasame Street was one of the few programs that my mother allowed me to watch even if its airtime was earlier than my curfew. Love it!

Today’s post is about ladybug and let us start this post with this tune which brings back memories from those good old days.

Francis: So! Being a ladybug automatically makes me a girl. Is that it, fly boy? Eh? 
Fly: Yikes! She’s a guy! 

Although I’ve only watched A Bug’s Life and it has been so many years already, I can never forget this dialogue.

So, why how does  a ladybug get its name? Let’s read on to find out…

The scientific name for a ladybug is a coccinellidae, which means ‘little red sphere’, or coleoptera, which means ‘sheath-winged’.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, the crops were being taken over by insects and dying. People were beginning to starve so the farmers decided to pray to the Virgin Mary to help them with their insect problem.

The farmers were a little bit upset when little red beetles with black spots showed up because they thought that these new insects were going to eat the crops, too.

But the beetles that came actually ate the bugs that were eating the crops, and so the beetles became known as the “beetles of Our Lady”, eventually shortened to simply ladybug.

Ladybugs are and have been for very many years a favorite insect of children. The ladybug was immortalized in the still-popular children’s nursery rhyme Ladybird, Ladybird:

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

Your house is on fire and your children are gone

All except one, and that’s Little Anne

For she has crept under the warming pan.

There were superstitious beliefs that it was unlucky to kill a ladybug, and that the verse would make them fly off.

Another superstition states that you should chant the verse if a ladybug lands on you: if it then flies away again, your wish will come true.

This poem has its counterpart in German as Marienwuermchen, collected in Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and set to music by Robert Schumann as Op. 79, No. 13.





Out of curiosity, I decided to check out Robert Schumann’s Op. 79, No.13 and after spending 2:55 min listening to the music, I just couldn’t find the link between the music and the poem.

Schumann op 79 no 13 Der Sandmann

Why not you try listening to it and let me know your thoughts?

By the way, how many ladybugs can you spot in our flower paradise?

Have fun reading and listening~