Description: It is bad luck to kill a ladybug.
Origin: Probably Norse
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire,
Your children all roam
The Christian tradition on ladybirds (or ladybugs) is that they, for some reason, represent the Virgin Mary. But this story appears to be borrowed from Norse mythology, where ladybirds were sacred to the fertility goddess Freya, which makes a bit more sense.
It was said that if a young girl caught a ladybug and then released it, the direction in which it flew away would show where her future husband would come from.
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Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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