Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home!

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Your House is On Fire and Your Children May Burn?
Why is this nursery rhyme so morbid? I never taught it to my kids.
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This one is hiding! One variety of ladybug is native to California. Japan and Europe introduced other ladybug varieties to the US to control harmful garden bugs.
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This ladybug landed on my skirt. They like to land on people. It doesn’t bother me, but maybe this is the origin of the nursery rhyme? Maybe 200 years ago people were annoyed with lady bugs landing on them and made up the morbid rhyme? Come on Ladybug, fly away home now….the photo session is over already….
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Cheers & hope you have lots of ladybugs in your garden. They are helpful little beetles!

65 thoughts on “Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home!

  1. Have always loved ladybugs, ever since I was a boy. Used to catch one, let it crawl up to the tip of my finger and fly away, then catch another one. They’re such friendly little critters, and great aphid eaters. Really good photos, Cindy. You really are learning that camera and the photos show it.
    Paul

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  2. Terrific shots Cindy! One time when we were living in NJ there was a huge increase in the number of ladybugs. They weren’t the cute red ones, they were orange with black spots. We had about 40 of them nest in our basement. They were definitely NOT cute!!! But yours are very much so 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous photos! Can’t see a Lady Bug and not smile. I like the little green-spotted ones too, but don’t know their proper name…called them Man Bugs as a kid because I thought they were boy-Lady Bugs 😉

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  4. Over here it’s
    Ladybird ladybird, fly away home
    Your house is on fire, your children are gone
    Back in the 1970s the south of England suffered a plague of ladybirds. Zillions of them, the sky went dark. Several people got bitten. I’ve been bitten. it’s a bit like a spider bite. I’ve had TWO of those.

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    • Seriously??? I had no idea they bite. I know there are serveral different varieties. Cornell University just reintroduced some in the US because over-use of pesticides were killing them off.

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  5. Great shots.

    It’s amazing just how sick the nursery rhymes are. Look at the Rock-a-bye baby. Who puts a baby in the treetop? Little Miss Muffet – scared half to death by a spider.

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  6. Love these, Cindy. Is that the blue sage again? You are so blessed to see this beauty everyday. I need to remind myself to see the beauty in my backyard. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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  7. I always look forward to visiting here Cindy…I never know what wonders you will display! love your lady bug photos. I’ve always had a fondness for ladybugs…all we have is the orange with the black spots…as a child they didn’t bite nor scare us and were fun to watch… may I ask…do you have an actual macro lens, or an all in one type? I’m considering a new lens and I’ve done a great deal of reading(still am) but after awhile it gets confusing…

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    • I use the brand new Sony HX300 which has a 50X optical zoom for everything. I am in love with this camera. Thank you Heather for your kind comments. I feel the same about your blog! Cheers~

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  8. Cindy, how do I miss coming her every day? Your photos are amazing! And you make each post a real pictorial treat–not greedy with your shots. These Ladybug pictures are so clear!! You are extraordinarily talented–and good thing you chose this as a career path!! Or maybe–it chose you!!

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    • So very kind of you! I greatly appreciate your comments. I am a psychotherapist by profession and photography for me is a hobby….which is nice because I only do it for fun. Cheers to you, welcome and thank you!

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  9. A spotless lady bug – Wow – it that extra lucky. We were visiting Myrtle beach one year and walking at waters edge must have dislodged a lady bug nest in the sand and had them all over our feet and hands.

    Another time visiting in CT, our friends home was actually infested with thousands of Ladybugs. …hmmm not so lucky? Not sure of the rhyme. But most children’s rhymes mean something. Like Ring Around the Rosy…though I think it’s been altered to some made up word instead of ashes, ashes we all fall down – because it was about the plague (and how the unfortunate victims were treated…- I’ll leave it at that).

    I found the meaning of the Lady Bug rhyme, but I’m e-mailing it to you.

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  10. I remember the rhyme as ‘Lady Bird, Lady Bird fly away quick your house is on fire your children are sick.’ Not much better but it never worried me as a child. Most of those rhymes were about blind mice, eggs falling off walls and being frightened by spiders.

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  11. Lovely photos, Cindy– a real joy. Yes, I always thought that verse was mighty creepy for a nursery rhyme. I heard it for the first time on an old Peter, Paul & Mary record, of all things! : )

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