Ever wondered how Ladybugs got to be named? Well, me neither, but I stumbled across it while doing research on bugs I've photographed in Harrisburg, PA's Wildwood Park. Anyway, here's the scoop: In Europe during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon came the ladybugs, which ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops. The farmers dubbed the ladybugs "The Beetles of our Lady." They eventually became known as "Lady Beetles," and later as "Lady Bugs." Consider yourself educated.
February 25th, 2013
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