What Ladybugs Mean – in Love, Luck, Signs and Symbols – with Chart


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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!

Sammy the Ladybug

Find out what Ladybugs mean in many different Languages and Cultures.

Killing a Ladybug

If you come across the path of a Ladybug that has already died then there is no meaning. It’s just the circle of life and simply the end time in the Ladybug Life Cycle.

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.
if a ladybug lands on you, make a wish

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.

if you see a yellow ladybug, it means adventure, travel, new love or a new chapter

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.

Protest Symbol

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.

Denny the Ladybug

Did You Know…
Ladybugs can fly for up to 2 Hours, covering up to 74 miles
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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
Encounter
Level & MeaningOutcome of Ladybug
Encounter
General Ladybug
Meaning
Sighting, Spiritual,
Blessing
Fortune, Prosperity,
Happy-go-lucky,
Blessing
Seeing a LadybugSighting, Spiritual,
Blessing
Prosperity
Newly Wed CoupleContact, Spiritual,
Blessing
Count Spots = Number of Children
Unwed WomanContact, Spiritual,
Love
Marriage within a
year
Killing a ladybug1 Of Your Making

2 Already Passed
1 Bad Luck For Nine
Days
2 No Meaning, Just the Circle of Life
Ladybugs & The
Virgin Mary
Religious, Divine
Intervention
Summoned to Help
Farmers
The Golden BirdFolklore,
Religious
Gift of life, luck prosperity to humankind.
Count Your BlessingsSighting, ReligiousCount Blessing p/Spot
Seeing Ladybug
Without Spots
Sighting,Folklore,
Spiritual
Imminent Meeting or Rekindling True Love
Ladybugs In Your
Home
Sighting,
Spiritual
A period of good luck, fortune, or Coming of a Newborn Baby
Dreams About
Ladybugs
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
Fortune, Opportunity
Ladybug Lands On
You
Contact, Symbolic
1 One Lands On You
2 It Lands & then Flies
Immediately
3 One Lands On Your
Clothing
1 Offer a Wish. Plus
Spots = Number of Yrs / Months to Fulfilment
2 Next Sunday is Good
3 Expect New Clothing Soon
Ladybug Bites YouSymbolic, MessageLighten Up, Enjoy Life More
Ladybug on/in Your
Car
Symbolic, Blessing,
Protection
Safe Passage, Returning to Loved Ones
Ladybugs & BabiesSymbolic, Blessing,
Protection
Bless, Protect Babies
with a gift of Ladybug Item or Symbol
Seeing Yellow LadybugSighting, Symbolic,
Love, Life
Signals Adventure,
Travel, New Love,
New Chapter
Ladybug Love
Message
Contact, Folklore, Love
Message
The Ladybug Will
Deliver Your Name to your True Love
Ladybug Protest
Symbol
Folklore, Message,
Protection
A Symbol Against
Violence
Celtic SymbolFolklore, Symbolic,
Protection
In Ireland, a Ladybug
is Symbol of Protection
Norse MythologyFolklore, LoveBrought by the
Goddess Freya 
ShamanismFolklore, ReligiousUndying religious
devotion to life & Soul
Ladybug Totem
Symbol
Symbolic, Spiritual,
Life
Youth, Trust, Joy,
Zest For Life
Ladybug children’s
Nursery Rhyme
Folklore, ProtectionWarning Ladybirds to Fly Home During Crop Burning After Harvest

Conclusion

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.

Related Questions

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.

21 Replies to “What Ladybugs Mean – in Love, Luck, Signs and Symbols – with Chart”

  1. Hi I’m Ashley and I’m 11, today I was watching YouTube and a yellow ladybug came, so I got
    a cup and caught it but, I released it after some mins, but yeah I did not touch it because I have learned that if you see a animal that looks very pretty don’t touch it. Also, tomorrow I have school, so 1st day back to school

    1. Thanks for sharing the story Ashley, do check out my article on identifying Yellow Ladybugs too. I’m so glad you were kind to it and let it go 🙂
      Have fun at school 🙂

  2. In the last two weeks, I have been surrounded by ladybugs. They are the yellow variety. I really do not know what this means. I currently have 2 in my home and just had 2 more land on me while sitting on my deck.

  3. I was sitting outside and something landed near the corner of my mouth on my face. Startled I brushed it away, first I thought it was a bee but then realized when watching it fly away that it was a lady bug. I read your entire article but not sure where my encounter with this ladybug fits in. When I told my partner, he responded, “That has to be good luck.” Curiosity brought me to your article but hoping you could bring some more clarity! Thank you.

  4. Hi thank you for your post!
    Several weeks ago a ladybird was on me whilst I was on a busy enclosed train!
    Last night I felt something fall on my head whilst on a bus
    I thought it was a leaf or something similar r
    I then saw the man opposite me flick something off of his clothing
    I looked to the floor to see what was on my head was a beautiful lady bird I picked her up and took her off the bus she was a light red orangey colour! Very strange as both times have been on public transport definitrky a blessing!!!

  5. Hello! Im luna, i moved to new place in cold region, i heard a noise go to my window in living room saw three lady bugs on their back one small the middle medium large and the other had wings out but large normal bug they were still kicking but clearly dying, it hurt my soul was so upset see them dead, i noticed 2 more ,one on the outside of my screen and another orange shade turning red in between my window and screen, i was upset bc they were caught -i had sprayed the windows to not have pest bugs come in through gaps- . Now theyre just collecting in the danger zone .. i felt lucky blissful but confused because they werent fully red had hints of orange and the baby lady bug they were all half dead i couldn’t get them out so i had to spray the area fully to get them out their misery.

  6. hi,

    I was in the back garden yesterday in Auckland, NZ and a beautiful blue ladybird landed on my hand. After a few seconds rested it bit me! so funny then it flew away.

    thanks for sharing your invite on the wonderful spiritual world of ladybirds xo

    Helen

  7. Hi my name is Jemma, everywhere I go I always have a ladybird close by.. every house iv lived in,iv always got ladybirds in it..! I lived in a flat on the 11th floor a few years ago and I still had ladybirds living me..??! I’m currently living in a 1st floor massionatte and I have ladybirds everywhere on my walls and balcony..! But there not on anyone else’s houses..!? Why..??! (Only mine)Even my children say that whenever I go I have ladybirds following me..?! It’s now a family joke! I’m known for having ladybirds following me everywhere I go.. I Once went away for a weekend about 6/7 years ago and when I came home I had thousands of them in my bedroom..! They was all huddled together in a big bundle..! They was all on my bed,windows,window sills,floors ect..! I really couldn’t believe it..! I called my mum and family up for them to come round to see it.. and no one could believe what they was seeing..! So I just shut the door and left them to it..! And after a week or so most of them had left but I was left with loads of dead ones ☹️ So I had to hoover them up from off my bed and floor..! I first noticed it about 8yrs ago and since then iv lived in 4 different houses.. and iv has ladybirds living inside and on the outside of every house/flat..! They follow me everywhere I go they land on me and they are on my clothes..!? What does this mean??

  8. I had quite a scary dream of thousands of them crawling all over me, while naked, last night! It was rather traumatising.. I have since read this can mean chaos or financial crises… I hope not, but with a relationship since coming to an end and all my finances will mainly be put towards my home etc, this seems like it might foretell what is going to happen next in my life… I certainly hope not 🙁

    1. Oh dear, things always get better! Ladybugs usually being a sign of good luck, perhaps they were surrounding you with good fortune for what is going to happen next! I hope so and I hope it comes to you soon, good luck, thank you for sharing, Emma x

  9. Hi I would just like to state a ladybug that is black with 4 orange dots landed on my left arm. The ladybug stayed upon my arm taking a ride for about 4-6minutes and then I wanted the ladybug to go so I removed the ladybug safely letting it go un hurt. I do not know what this means and I’ve read that I should make a wish? I did in fact not count my wishes but I counted my blessing. Any feedback would be appreciate Have a nice day.
    🙂

  10. I just discovered a ladybug crawling on my desk at 2am in the middle of winter. I didn’t even know they were still around in the middle of winter. There were five spots on it. So according to your article I may experience some good fortune within the next 5 months/years. Thats interesting. Everybody likes some good fortune. I very carefully let to go outside. Now I’m very curious. I haven’t seen a ladybug in several years until tonight.

  11. Every morning I come to this one bench n sit down n eat n drink n always there comes this lady bug orange with 16 black dots it always crawls on me every time stays by me won’t leave wat does it means always

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