Where does the Word “Ladybug” come from?

Ladybug is the usual American name; ladybird is the usual name in England.

ladybug on a leaf

So named, not, as childish fancy may have assumed, because these beneficial insects are all female, but in honor of “Our Lady,” the Virgin Mary.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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