The esteem with which 'coccinelles' are regarded has clearly roots in ancient beliefs.
I LOVE COCCINELLESOne stunning photo composition, taken in macro mode, by Deutsch national Ellen, a member of the Red Bubble community, whose hobby is to shoot God's incredible creation. Through this photo set, in a minimalist coloured atmosphere, the 'Ladybird on a candy' is given its perfect spirit --or at least as it appeals to many-including me: an optimistic, light and positive sign of God. Coccinellidae are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species identified so far; it is dubbed lady beetle by scientists and called ladybug in the US. Some people consider seeing one or having it land on one's body, to be a sign of good luck to come, whereas killing it presages bad luck.
- In Irish, the insect is called "God's little cow";
- In Croatian, it is called "God's little sheep";
- In France, it is known as 'bête à bon Dieu', "the Good Lord's animal";
- In Russia, it is "God's cow";
- In Yiddish, it is called "Moshe Rabbenu's little cow" or "Moshe Rabbenu's little horse"; [apparently an adaptation of the Russian name, or sometimes "Little Messiah"];
- In some cultures, they are referred to as "lucky bugs"
- In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says that one's wish granted if a ladybird lands on oneself.
- In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into one's bedroom, it is considered good luck.
- In Central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand, is thought to mean, she will get married within the year.
- In Greece, ladybugs are called 'paschalitsa', because they are found abundantly in Easter time along with 'paschalia', the Common Lilac plant, which flowers at the same time.
- In Russia, a popular children's rhyme exists with a call to fly to the sky and bring back bread.
- In Denmark, a ladybird, called a 'mariehøne' for "Mary's hen", is asked by children to fly to 'our Lord in Heaven and ask for fairer weather in the morning'.
- In Malta, the ladybird is called "nannakola"; and until a few years ago, little children sang: Nannakola, mur l-iskola/Aqbad siġġu u ibda ogħla meaning...
In Sugar Pop's Bubble, ladybird is called 'BelCoccinelle', as it brings her fulfillment and the sense of lightness of being--when it pops up every spring."Ladybird go to school, get a chair and start jumping..."
And, am still waiting for 'BELCOCCI' to fly by...