Most of us have been in the position where a Ladybug lands on our arm, or hands, we smile and marvel at its bright red cuteness for a while before letting it go.
So what do Ladybugs mean? Ladybugs are associated with all manner of symbolism, spirituality and Lore through the ages. Such things as love, luck, life, spirits and protection. There are numerous connections. You came here to find something, so I hope I can deliver the answer. I’ve listed as many connections as I know of.
Strangely, the Ladybird is one of the few beetles that people are LESS likely to kill, or be repulsed about. Most of which we can put down to the look of them. But is there something deeper and more meaningful going on? Something we just can’t quite put our finger on?
Below you will find all aspects of what Ladybugs are connected with, In Astrology, Spiritualism and Religion. In Symbolism, Contact and Dreams, as well as Culture & Folklore.
Or scroll down to see my quick reference table !
General Ladybug Meaning
On a very lofty, ethereal level. Ladybugs are generally associated with Good Fortune and Good Luck. They bring with them a sense of Future Prosperity. Their bright and Colourful look, along with their happy-go-lucky travels means living life without boundaries.
Ladybugs make most people smile and feel they’ve been blessed, during a usually brief, yet heartwarming encounter.
We have to remember that the Ladybug isn’t just about meaning, its actually very important to humans too.
Seeing a Ladybug
Even just seeing a Ladybug has its meanings attached to it. If you see a ladybug, more often than not – in many spiritual circles, this means the person looking upon it is about to be favored with prosperity.
This isn’t necessarily financial prosperity, it could be spiritual, personal or beneficial.
Take a note of the spots, and their level of darkness too. The darker the color of the spots, the greater the amount of fortune you’re likely to receive.
For the Newly-Weds
For those recently married, seeing a ladybug has additional meaning. Count the spots, as these will provide you with the number of children you’re going to have.
This belief is further evidenced by the name the Italians give to the Ladybug – ‘commaruccia’. In English this means ‘little midwives’. Because Midwives bless you with children. However, I kind of hope you don’t see a 24 spot Ladybug ! Wow!
Find out what Ladybugs mean in many different Languages and Cultures.
Killing a Ladybug
During its life though, the Ladybug is a strong symbol of the human soul. It resides under the eternal protection of the Virgin Mary – ‘Anima Della’ meaning ‘Soul of Our Lady’. Therefore if you were to kill a Ladybird, it is told you will be invoking a period of bad luck, said to last for nine straight days.
A much more harsh belief is that one who kills a ladybug faces their own death the very next day. Which does seem harsh to me, I mean what if its by accident!
Ladybugs and the Virgin Mary
Talking of the Virgin mary, in the times before Christianity, the Ladybug had other meanings concerning deities, which have morphed over time into Christianity and since then even more modern themes.
The main such Ladybug Folklore/Legend, is that of two farmers, during the middle ages, whos crops were blighted with Aphids. One day prayed profusely to the Virgin Mary to send a solution to their failing crops. Only then to be descended upon by a horde of Ladybugs who proceeded to feast on all the Aphids.
The crop was saved, the farmers shared their tale and the Ladybug name was forever linked with the name of ‘The Beetle of Our Lady’
The Golden Bird
The Ladybird has yet another name in some parts of Britain. That of Golden Bird or ‘Goldie-bird’. As she is thought to be the bringer of all gifts to people and spirits. Bread, Wine and Oil to God, Mary and Jesus. Bringing with it too the gift of life, luck and prosperity to all humankind.
Count Your Blessings
A reminder that seeing the spots on the Ladybug is the Universe telling you it’s time to count the blessing you already have around you. Take a moment and think of as many ways you are blessed as the number of spots on the Ladybird. Then, any luck and good fortune will be bestowed upon you.
Seeing a Ladybird Without Any Spots
Means an imminent meeting of a true love, or the rekindling of an old love. For those already with their true love this sighting serves as a reminder to maintain their love affair with that person.
Ladybugs in Your Home/House
Seeing a ladybug in your house sign posts a period of good luck. You’re likely to be showered with good fortune.
Another belief is that it signals the coming of a newborn baby. As newborn babies and Ladybugs go hand in hand this is not surprising. Buying a Ladybug gift for a newborn is said to be significant in bringing them luck and prosperity (see other meanings for further information on this)
When You Dream About Ladybugs
A ladybug appearing during your dreams signals the advent of good or bad news, often from a source least expected, perhaps a stranger or an acquaintance long forgotten.
There are characteristics of the dream and the Ladybug in it that may provide greater significance and clarity.
Here’s what a Ladybug Means in your Dreams…
- In your dream the Ladybird falls to the ground. Your current hard work and endeavours may be delayed.
- Numerous Ladybugs means a sense of many small details being missed and possibly a sense of overwhelming.
- A larger than life Ladybug signals an abundance of choices before you
- A Ladybug seen within a garden signifies a need to be true to yourself
- A Ladybug in free flight, unhindered, implies freedom and prosperity in Love and Labours
- A Ladybug Flying away from you signals a missed opportunity of a fulfilling path.
- Flying toward you signifies an approach of good fortune and an opportunity.
A Ladybug Lands on You
If a ladybug lands on you it generally means you’re in line to receive some luck going your way. But there are a variety of interpretations of this
- Offer up a wish the moment the Ladybug lands, then it is said the wish will come true. But count the spots before it goes. These are the amount of years, or months that you will have to be patient for until the wish is fulfilled.
- If a Ladybug lands anywhere on your clothing, that means you’ll soon be getting some new clothing.
- Next Sunday is going to be a bright and sunny day for you, if the Ladybug flies away the moment it lands on you.
The Unwed Will Be Wed
For an unwed woman, the significance of a Ladybug landing on her hand is meant to mean marriage within a year! As evidenced by the following passage from Shepherds week quote.
“This lady-fly I take from the grass
Whose spotted back might scarlet red surpass?
Fly, lady-bird; north, south, or east or west
Fly where the man is found that I love best”.
~ John Gay, 1714, The Shepherd’s Week
If a Ladybug Bites You
It may seem like quite a nip, but don’t be disheartened, it’s also meant to be a sign. The message here is to lighten up, take life a little less seriously and bring the love and luck back into your life.
A Ladybug Lands on Your Car
This could be on, or in your car. A message of safe travel and reaching your destination securely and unhindered. Also signalling a compelling direction toward getting back to loved ones.
Ladybugs and Babies
If you offer a Ladybug gift of some kind, with a Ladybug on it for a newborn baby. An article of clothing or a toy depicting a Ladybug in any form, is a talisman of protection and safe keeping and a blessing over the new child.
Seeing a Yellow Ladybug Meaning
Seeing a Yellow Ladybug signals an adventure and travels to different or far flung places. It could also signal a new love, or a new chapter about to take place in your life, particularly if you’ve gone through a period of inactivity in life and love.
Ladybug Passes a True Love Message
In old Asian traditions, there is a belief that if one can catch and then release a Ladybug, the Ladybug has been served a message it must deliver. It will fly to within whispering distance of your true intended love. The Ladybug will then whisper your name. Once heard, your true love will be compelled to seek you out and be by your side.
Images and Symbols of Ladybirds are used in the Netherlands. Distributed through street tiles and meant to symbolize as a universal protest against violence.
Ladybug in Celtic Folklore
The Celts, and in particular in Ireland, the Ladybird is a symbol of Protection.
Did You Know…
Ladybugs can fly for up to 2 Hours, covering up to 74 miles
Show me more amazing Ladybug Facts
Ladybug In Norse Mythology
There are many Norse beliefs, but one such belief concerns the God Freya, the goddess of Love and Beauty and a virgin mother. They say the Ladybug first arrived on earth in a shard of lightning and of her calling.
Ladybugs and Shamanism
The Ladybug represents spirituality and undying religious devotion. The relative shortness of it’s natural life reminds us that life is too short to let fears, uncertainties and doubts have power over us. Instead, bring forth renewal of life and of the soul, and a message that faith holds the greatest power of all.
A Ladybug as a Chosen Totem Animal
The child sees life as wonderful and magical, colorful like a Ladybug and free as a Ladybird. A Ladybug as your Animal Totem signifies the young in all of us. The high spirited zest for life, knowledge and learning. Being inquisitive and a constant seeker of new adventure
As trusting and accepting as only a child can be, and finding joy in all things small and grand. Liked by all and content to be with others or yourself, comfortable in your own surroundings.
Ladybug Children’s Rhyme Meaning
A rhyme taken from old England. A children’s warning to all the Ladybugs that remain in the fields after all the crops have been harvested.
“Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home,
Your house is on fire, and your children are gone”
Fields after harvesting were regularly burned, so that the stalks would return goodness to the soil. The children would warn the Ladybirds to return home and save their family from the flames.
|Type of Ladybug|
|Level & Meaning||Outcome of Ladybug|
|Seeing a Ladybug||Sighting, Spiritual,|
|Newly Wed Couple||Contact, Spiritual,|
|Count Spots = Number of Children|
|Unwed Woman||Contact, Spiritual,|
|Marriage within a|
|Killing a ladybug||1 Of Your Making|
2 Already Passed
|1 Bad Luck For Nine|
2 No Meaning, Just the Circle of Life
|Ladybugs & The|
|Summoned to Help|
|The Golden Bird||Folklore,|
|Gift of life, luck prosperity to humankind.|
|Count Your Blessings||Sighting, Religious||Count Blessing p/Spot|
|Imminent Meeting or Rekindling True Love|
|Ladybugs In Your|
|A period of good luck, fortune, or Coming of a Newborn Baby|
|1 Ladybug Falling|
2 Numerous Ladybugs
3 Larger Than Life
4 Sighting in a Garden
5 In Free Flight
6 Flying Away
7 Flying Toward You
|1 Delayed Hard Work|
2 Small Details Missed
3 Abundance of Choice
4 Sign, Be True to You
5 Prosperity & Love
6 Missed Opportunity
7 Approaching Good
|Ladybug Lands On|
1 One Lands On You
2 It Lands & then Flies
3 One Lands On Your
|1 Offer a Wish. Plus|
Spots = Number of Yrs / Months to Fulfilment
2 Next Sunday is Good
3 Expect New Clothing Soon
|Ladybug Bites You||Symbolic, Message||Lighten Up, Enjoy Life More|
|Ladybug on/in Your|
|Safe Passage, Returning to Loved Ones|
|Ladybugs & Babies||Symbolic, Blessing,|
|Bless, Protect Babies|
with a gift of Ladybug Item or Symbol
|Seeing Yellow Ladybug||Sighting, Symbolic,|
Travel, New Love,
|Contact, Folklore, Love|
|The Ladybug Will|
Deliver Your Name to your True Love
|A Symbol Against|
|Celtic Symbol||Folklore, Symbolic,|
|In Ireland, a Ladybug|
is Symbol of Protection
|Norse Mythology||Folklore, Love||Brought by the|
|Shamanism||Folklore, Religious||Undying religious|
devotion to life & Soul
|Youth, Trust, Joy,|
Zest For Life
|Folklore, Protection||Warning Ladybirds to Fly Home During Crop Burning After Harvest|
We all like Ladybugs, are many of these things there because we would like to believe these cute beetles are associated with them? Or is there in fact some truth in it all?
I simply love these meanings, so I’d like to think so…
So I’m one to err on the side of optimism. It’s easy to discard something that cannot be proven. I believe though, it’s nobler to accept that it may just, or may not be true, and we may never know for sure. I kind of like the mystery behind many of these.
I’d really love to know your weird and wonderful encounters regarding Ladybugs. You came here to find out, so share what you have and let us all join in the unknowing mystery surrounding ladybugs.
I’d love to add to my list of spirituality or symbolism, dreams, religion, myths and legends about Ladybugs.
Know someone who is a Ladybug Fan? Why not buy them a gift, I’ve compiled the best ones available on my resources page. You will also find a whole bunch of Ladybug Activities and resources too.
What Does a Dead ladybug Mean? It’s sad, but first is it actually dead? If so, there’s nothing of any sign here, the spirit of a dead ladybug has already passed, along with any meanings it might have carried. Any messages have gone with it. Unless it was you who killed the Ladybug, then you need to read the entry in this article.