One day while I was in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, I picked up a magazine and read an interesting piece about how a certain beetle came to be known as a ladybug. According to this account, European farmers in ages past were wrestling with crop failure when they took their problem to the Lord. Asking the Blessed Mother to intercede for their needs, they prayed a novena (nine days of prayer) for a reversal in what was certain to be complete financial loss for that growing season. Amazingly, at the end of the novena, they noticed some strange little beetles they’d never seen before. Red with black spots, the bugs converged in large numbers and even more amazing, the crops started to prosper once again. What the farmers didn’t know was the fact that aphids had been eating their crops, and ladybugs, their natural enemies, were now eating them. Having no name for their little plant soldiers, they called them “Our Lady’s Bugs” in honor of the Blessed Virgin whose intercession they had sought and received with overwhelming success. Eventually, the name was shortened from Our Lady’s Bugs to Ladybugs, and this little image is offered in honor of the farmer’s friend, this tiny champ which still saves the day in the fields where our food grows.


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  • KCphoto
    KCphotoover 6 years ago

    Very pretty images & love the story :)K

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutover 6 years ago

    I just love your lady bug images. You capture them well…

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    Works so well as a pair. I like the PS work and color treatment you did. Very cute and beautiful images.

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    Lovely story,Bonnie

  • Nellmark
    Nellmarkover 6 years ago

    I had read this story before but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work fabulous treatment

  • Geri Bragg
    Geri Braggover 6 years ago

    great work !

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