There are 3 bugs my children are happy to hold, potato bugs (roly-poly bugs), lightening bugs, and lady bugs! How exciting to learn how the Ladybird Beetle was used by Our Lady to glorify the Lord!

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What is a Ladybird Beetle?

Coccinellidae is the family name, these insects are a small beetle s often referred to as Lady Bugs. Most of these beetles eat pests, and are quite interesting to observe! There are over 5,000 different species of Ladybird Beetles.

In North America Coccinella Septempunctat, which means seven spots in Latin, is the most common Ladybird Beetle. These beetles live about 2-3 years, are omnivores, and are about .3-.4 inches. Red and black, these Ladybirds are pretty to look at and warn predators not to eat them!

The Story of the Blessed Virgin and the Ladybird Beetle

Farmers rely on their crops to sell, feed their families, and feed other people. The farmers work hard. They pray for fertile soil, sunshine, and rain so their crops may grow. Pests destroy crops and then people all over go without food!

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In the Middle Ages there were many pests eating up farmers crops. This was very upsetting to all the people! Where would their food come from. What would happen to them? The people began to pray. They called out to Our Blessed Mother to pray to God for them, that the pests may be destroyed and the crops saved.

The Lord heard their cry and at through the intercession of Our Lady, the pests that were destroying the crops were being eaten up by small beetles with red wings and black dots! The farmers named the new bugs “Lady Beetles” to honor the Blessed Mother. The red wings show Mary’s cloak, and the 7 spots represent the 7 joys and the 7 sorrows of Our Lady.

Download Your Free Lady Bird Beetle Lesson Plan!

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How to Paint Lady Bird Beetles on Rocks

Enhance the simple lesson plan with some crafts! Paint Lady Bug Beetles on rocks and shells. Cover with mod podge or a sealer spray to make them waterproof for the garden.

Materials: Acrylic Paint (Tempera for little ones. Note tempera paint will not easily yield good results but allows the littles to play and paint with you.), Brushes, Water cup, news paper, rocks and shells, sealer such and mod podge for the end if desired.

Paint the body red and head black. Then add the wings and spots in black and white eyes. So simple!

How to Draw Ladybird Beetles

Enhance the simple lesson plan with some crafts! Paint Lady Bug Beetles on rocks and shells. Cover with mod podge or a sealer spray to make them waterproof for the garden.

Materials: Acrylic Paint (Tempera for little ones. Note tempera paint will not easily yield good results but allows the littles to play and paint with you.), Brushes, Water cup, news pap

Have you ever heard the story of The Ladybird Beetle’s and the Mother of God? Let us know in the comments below!

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