Legend has it that the name "Ladybird" came from farmers, plagued with aphids eating their crop, who prayed to the Virgin Mary (Our Lady) for help. She then sent a swarm of ferocious killer beetles to eat all the aphids. This saved the crop, and the rescued farmers named their saviours "Our Lady's Birds". You would think a farmer would be able to distinguish between a bird and a beetle, but oh well. Yonder years. The Norwegian name for this beetle is Marihøne, which translates to "Mary's Hen"
This particular hen is a seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata), wearing a 🖤 on her back
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