"Lady Bug, Lady Bug fly away home....your house is on fire, and your children will roam......"
This poem dates back to the 1700's. Following a Hops Harvest, the English Farmers would torch their vines to clear the fields for the next planting. The farmers would recite this poem because they believed the Lady Bugs were good luck.
Stories vary about the origin of this legend. One such story from Europe told of the swarms of aphids that were destroying the crops. The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary to help them. It wasn't long after their prayer that the Ladybugs appeared and devoured the aphids. This saved the crops.
The name for these beautiful insects was; The Beetles of Our Lady. As time passed, the name was shortened to 'Lady Beetles" or Lady Bugs.
The red wings represented the Virgin's cloak and the black spots symbolized the Virgin's joys as well as her sorrows.
And now you know, the rest of the story........