The Good Luck Bug

LadybugLadybugs, also known as Lady Beetles, are beneficial insects. These red and black colored bugs eat harmful insects. However, Ladybugs can sometimes be a nuisance pest due to invasion of homes.

There are about 475 species of beetles in North America alone. Ladybugs have been introduced into areas specifically due to biological control of harmful pests. Unless Ladybugs become a nuisance, it is preferred not to kill them since they are beneficial insects.

Ladybugs and Good Fortune

It is believed that if a Ladybug lands on you, you will have good fortune. The reasoning behind this belief dates back to the middle ages. Farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary to protect their crops and it is said that the next day, Ladybugs appeared to defend the crops. The farmers called them “Beetles of our lady” in reference to the Virgin Mary, which eventually turned into “Ladybugs.”

Research credit to the Handbook Of Pest Control Mallis Tenth Edition.

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