Are you a “budding storyteller?” Do you love to hear stories or have a hankering to read a Tall Tale? Do you like to explore, put together a puzzle or show off your artistic talents? Then welcome to our Secret Garden! Come in, sit a spell, dig around and in no time at all, you will Catch the Story Bug!
- There are approximately 5,000 types of ladybugs.
- There are 400 different kinds of ladybugs that live in North America.
- A ladybug may fly 100 miles in search of food
- The female lady bug is larger than the male ladybug
- A ladybug can have anywhere from 0 to 24 spots
- The ladybug uses it’s antennae to touch, smell and taste.
- Aphids are the favorite food of ladybugs.
- Ladybugs only fly when it is 55 degrees or over.
- Ladybugs hibernate under leaves during the winter
- A ladybug sheds four times during its lifetime
- The spots on a ladybug's wings are symmetrical, though a ladybug can have an "odd" spot which actually spans both wings.
- Ladybugs have two sets of wings.
- A ladybugs top flying speed is about 15 miles per hour.
People from all over the world love the Lady Bug! She is thought to be a very useful and helpful insect. Did you know she has collected many unusual and colorful names?
China -- Flower Lady
Iraq -- Water Delivery Man's Daughter
India -- Indra's Cowherd
Africa -- Crop Picker
Iran -- Good News
Switzerland -- Lord God's Little Fatty
Italy -- Vacchetta della Madonna
France -- Cows of the Virgin
Germany -- Mary's Beetles
The Norse believed that the ladybug came
to earth by lightning and was connected to the goddess of love and beauty.
- The ladybug is the official bug of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware and Ohio.
- Ladybugs were used for healing. In the 1800s, English doctors used ladybugs to treat measles. They also believed that mashed ladybugs placed in an aching tooth cavity would control pain.
- People in northern Germany believed that fewer than seven spots on the backs of ladybugs meant a big harvest.
- People in central Europe believed that if an unmarried young woman caught a ladybug and it crawled across the back of her hand, she'd be married within the year.
- The country dwellers of England believe the spots on a ladybug stand for the months of happiness that are to come.
- In Canada, is finding ladybugs in your garage, during the winter is a sign of good luck. If you pick up the ladybug and make a wish the way it flies is the direction in which the luck will come.
- In England, seeing a ladybug meant they would have a good harvest.
- The French believe that a ladybug in their vineyard is a sign of good weather.