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Monday, 23 August 2010

An insect, a virgin & a saint

A ladybird is a small, rounded, usually brightly coloured beetle (escarabajo), often reddish with black spots (manchas).
The name "ladybird" originated in the Middle Ages when the insects were called the "beetle of Our Lady" . They were named after The Virgin Mary because in early religious paintings she was often shown wearing a red cloak (capa). The German name Marienk√§fer means "Marybeetle". In the United States the name was Americanized to "ladybug".
In Argentina a ladybird is associated to a male saint (Saint Anthony) and not to the Virgin Mary: it is called "Vaquita de San Antonio" (San Antonio's little cow) and it is considered to bring good luck. People also believe ladybirds bring good weather.

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