Sunday, May 23, 2010
There is something appealing about the ladybird, considered in many countries to be a good omen.
I suppose it is their colour, the fact they are harmless to us and eat predators like aphids and scale insects on our flowers and veg that add up in their favour - another good reason for being as organic as possible in the garden.
Kids love them, and for good reason - for an insect they are so terribly bright and cute, and can be handled gently with no worries of bites or stings.
In Dutch, the ladybird is called lieveheersbeestje, translating to the dear lord's little creature.
I always found the Dutch diminutive at the end of a word - tje - to e appealing, like een at the end of Irish words.
In France it is known as bete a bon dieu, gods good little beast. There, ladybirds are considered to be bringers of good weather - and the French must like them as they don't eat them!!
In Croat it is called Boga ovchicha - god's little sheep
So, my wish this year is to get back on the right track, get back to work - and hope my garden works out well.
And to finish off, some people think ladybirds are not all sweetness and light - here is a great piece of animation from Miniscule - hope you enjoy it as much as I do.