Environmental Good Luck in the Garden with Ladybugs
Ladybugs are a great green and environmentally friendly solution for your garden pests! Another reason for ladybirds to be good luck!Lady bugs, also known as Lady birds or Lady beetles, are believed to have been so named in honour of Our Lady. The story goes that during the Middle Ages in Europe, insects were destroying the crops so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Legend has it that swarms of little red beetles appeared, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops.

The farmers began calling the insects “The Beetles of Our Lady” in appreciation of Mary, and they eventually became known as Lady Beetles.

This is just one of the tales of intrigue surrounding our spotted friends. Cemented in folklore the humble lady bug is credited as a bearer of good luck, money (the amount depending on the number of spots!) and even when mashed up and put in a cavity as a cure for toothaches! A popular subject of prose and poetry it is hardly surprising that the Ladybug is one of our most loved insects.

But it’s not all fairytales and folklore for these little bugs. Recognised primarily for their shiny red coats and black spots you might be surprised to learn that of the 5000 species of Ladybird that abound most are actually plain black or brown.

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No matter how they look though, Ladybugs practicality in the garden is undisputed. Driven by a keen appetite for plant-eating insects the Ladybug offers an environmentally friendly and fun alternative to nasty insecticides to help control insect pests in the garden.

Feeding on plant-eating aphids, scale insects and spider mites, Ladybirds are a very beneficial. Despite their size and short life span of around two months, one Ladybug can consume in excess of 5000 aphids in its lifetime – now that will definitely please your roses!

If you’ve already got lady bugs in your garden it’s a great sign of biological diversity, if not, pollen and vector flowers such as dill and angelica are attractions, as are grains and flowering weeds like dandelion, wild carrot and yarrow.

A great way to get your own bucket full of ladybugs is simply to grow what they love like zucchinis. Then you can collect them and share them around the garden as you need.

More About Ladybugs

More About Ladybugs

Maybe the traditional farmers had the right idea with ladybirds being environmentally friendly for their crops - proof of the simple solutions making life easier!
More traditions about Ladybugs:

• In Sweden, people believe that if a ladybug lands on a young maiden's hand, she will soon be getting married.
• If you find a ladybug in your house, count the number of spots and that is how many dollars you will soon receive.
• In England, finding a ladybug means that you will have a good harvest.
• In France, if you are sick and a ladybug lands on you, when it flies away, it will take the sickness with it.
• If a ladybug has more than seven spots, then there will be a famine. If it has less than seven, then there will be a good harvest.
• Some people believe that the number of spots on a ladybug indicates how many children you will have.
• If you find a ladybug in your house in the winter you will have good luck

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Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Alex is a holiday writer, with a love of languages and a background in economics. Interests in travel, linguistics, fashion news and celebrity trivia.

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