Human beings are superstitious by nature and they believe that there are certain things and objects that can bring them good or bad luck. One such thing that people claim to be lucky is the ladybug. The question remains: do ladybugs bring good luck or is it just an old wives tale.
In order to answer this question, we will need to delve into history and religion. Christians associate the ladybug with the Virgin Mary. In the Middle Ages, farms in Europe were infested with insects, which destroyed all crops. So, the farmers asked the Virgin Mary to help them and hardly had they done so, ladybugs began to appear on the affected farms. These insects ate all the marauding insects and helped farmers protect their crops. Farmers called these insects the Beetles of Notre Dame and over time the name changed to ladybugs and later ladybugs. So, since farmers believe that ladybugs bring good luck and good fortune.
On the other hand, in northern Germany ladybugs can be good or bad depending on how many spots the bugs have. If the places are less than seven, the farmers consider that there will be a bountiful harvest. However, if the spots are more than seven, the farmers think there will be a famine.
In England, the ladybug is believed to be a harbinger of good luck. Farmers believe they are a sign of a bountiful harvest. While the French think that ladybugs are a sign of good wine. Finding a ladybug in a vineyard means that good weather will prevail and it means that the grapes will ripen without any problems and the resulting wine will be tasty with a fine bouquet.
In Sweden, if a ladybug crawls on the hand of a young woman, it is believed that she will marry as soon as the virus measures the woman's hand for her wedding gloves. This same belief is also prevalent throughout central Europe. Another belief about which direction the ladybug flies after crawling on a person's hand is believed to point the way to where the person's true love will come from.
Almost all cultures believe that the ladybug brings good luck and that is why there are superstitions among people that having or seeing a ladybug means good fortune and luck. Whether this is true or not is debatable, but generally what the majority believe is still considered to be true!