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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!

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Ladybug Facts

  1. There are approximately 5,000 types of ladybugs.
  2. There are 400 different kinds of ladybugs that live in North America.
  3. A ladybug may fly 100 miles in search of food
  4. The female lady bug is larger than the male ladybug
  5. A ladybug can have anywhere from 0 to 24 spots
  6. The ladybug uses it’s antennae to touch, smell and taste.
  7. Aphids are the favorite food of ladybugs.
  8. Ladybugs only fly when it is 55 degrees or over.
  9. Ladybugs hibernate under leaves during the winter
  10. A ladybug sheds four times during its lifetime
  11. The spots on a ladybug's wings are symmetrical, though a ladybug can have an "odd" spot which actually spans both wings.
  12. Ladybugs have two sets of wings.
  13. 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.