January 22 Macro. LadyBug.
Nearly ALL cultures believe that a Ladybug is lucky.
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HOW THE LADYBUG GOT ITS NAME:
Legends vary about how the Ladybug came to be named, but the most common (and enduring) is this:
In Europe, during the Middle Ages, swarms of insects were destroying the crops. The farmers prayed
to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying
pests and saving the crops! The farmers called these beautiful insects "The Beetles of Our Lady",
and - over time - they eventually became popularly known as "Lady Beetles". The red wings were
said to represent the Virgin's cloak and the black spots were symbolic of both her joys and her
sorrows. Link to more info