Cor Hendriks – De Folklore van het Lieveheersbeestje (16): Analyse van een internet file (Folklore of the ladybird: analysis of an internet file)

Op het internet is veel informatie te vinden over het lieveheersbeestje, maar één thread was zeer interessant. Deze was gestart door iemand die onder de naam weareonespirit een blog plaatste, waarop in de loop der tijd veel reacties kwamen. De thread is geheel in het Engels (uiteraard, want afkomstig uit de VS) en door mij geanalyseerd in onderstaand schema, waarvan de uitleg nu volgt.

Ladybird thread analysis

The column ‘Name’ contains the alias (screen-name) of the informant, the column ‘Sex’ a guess for the sex (as this is seldom indicated; the portrait has standard a man’s head). The column age is the age-group which the informant has provided. The column ‘M’ indicates marital status: + = married; this is also based on a guess. The fifth column ‘Death (or else)’ contains the person who is deceased or between parenthesis other situations. The column ‘Sad’ has a + when the informant expressed sadness, or (+) when mention is made of distress or other negative feelings or circumstances. The column ‘God’ has a + when God is mentioned (or the Blessed Mother), ‘+’ when circumscribed, and (+) when implied. The column ‘Sign’ has a + when the word ‘sign’ is used.

On the internet I found a thread, called ‘Ladybugs – What Do They Mean When You See Them’. In a thread the leader is defining for the content of the other contributions. Therefore I give the leader in full, posted by weareonespirit, 51-55, female, on February 1, 2008:

“After my mother died, each of my two sisters and I saw a multitude of ladybugs in our houses around the same time. Since it was in the middle of the winter, that was quite an odd and unusual coincidence. We all felt that the ladybug must hold a message for us. Below is the information which I gathered and share with my sisters. The name ladybug finds its origins in the Middle Ages when this beetle was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called the ‘beetle of our Lady’. This name links the ladybug to spiritual ideals and religious devotion. It also holds a link to mothers. Past lives associated with religion or the church are common for those with this animal totem ands some form of daily meditation or prayer is recommended. This tiny little beetle brings with it a powerful message. Because the life cycle of the adult ladybug is short, it teaches us how to release worries and enjoy our lives to the fullest. When it appears in our life, it is telling us to ‘let go and let God’. The ladybug is also one of the few beetles that are well liked by humans. Unlike other beetles, the ladybug brings a feeling of joy to us. Its small size signifies a delicate and loving nature. It portrays the energy of harmlessness and can show us how to stop self harm. Seen often as a messenger of promise, the ladybug reconnects us with the joy of living. Fear and joy can not co-exist. We need to release our fears and return to love – this is one of the messages that the ladybug brings us. Ladybug teaches us how to restore our trust and faith in the great spirit. When the ladybug appears, it is telling us to get out of our own way and allow the great spirit to enter into our lives.”

In the course of the years there came a lot of responses to this article. [So far 155 responses (Feb 8, 2015).] I have made a selection (80) of the most interesting posts:

On August 10, 2008, 12LADYBUG51-55 wrote: ‘A few years ago I had been dropped off at a cabin in Pulga, C. A., by some drug addicts[;] they needed to get me away from them because I was so far gone they were afraid that I was going to get them busted. That night in November it was cold and raining and in this cabin there was very little to keep warm or eat. I was so lonely[,] a loneliness I had never experienced before in my life. I found a few sticks and started a small fire[;] what I did not know at the time was[,] there were two huge hives of ladybugs[,] one in each corner of the ceiling[,] and when it warmed up a little they were no longer dormant and were flying all over the place. What I did not know was that ladybugs migrated through the area and also it used to be an Indian village before the cabins were built years ago[.] I had a spiritual awakening that night that completely changed my life. James Hickman.’

On April 20, 2009, Zabou26-30, female, wrote: ‘Thanks for the great post. I have been drawn to ladybugs for the last few months, following the loss of my first and only child. I had no idea of the connotations with family and motherhood. I just thought they were lovely, bright denizens of the summer garden, just as my daughter is now.’

On October 27, 2009, hopeisagoodthing22-25 wrote: ‘Hello all, I read all the comments and it was very helpful. I have been noticing something strange myself. For [the] last few days, whenever I go to my balcony in my apt, I see ladybugs everywhere. Yellow most and also red. Whenever I go inside they [fly] away. But when I go outside they come flying all around me. Up till now none of them ever sat on me, but today two of them came ands sat on me. I was wondering what this could mean. I find it so weird because I am a staunch believer in the High Power and I’ve been praying for him to show me a sign that can pull me out of my hardships. Whenever I am at a time of almost losing hope, I see a ladybird. Does this mean something or is it a figment of my imagination? Thanks.’

On October 8, 2010, mms828226-30 wrote: ‘When my Grandfather was in hospice care, he had ladybugs around him the whole time. It was such a sad time, but the ladybugs were so beautiful. It was bitter sweet.’

On November 29, 2010, ellowitsann18-21 wrote: ‘I’ve been really down lately and I’m not sure why but as I was walking into my building I saw a ladybug walking around on a stone bench. It made me really happy and when I read this description I remembered visiting my grandfather’s gravestone and a ladybug came and rested on my sweater. I love the meaning of the ladybug and I’m also hoping to get a tattoo of one because it means so much.’

On December 10, 2010, Rogos36-40 wrote: ‘Wow, it’s all so amazing. I was looking for an answer and a meaning and finally I’ve found one. My Mother passed away around this time last year, followed shortly by my Father and then an Aunty. On the day of my Mother’s passing I saw loads of ladybugs on the window of the hospital and thought: how strange. A couple of weeks later I remembered seeing a couple on my balcony and considering it was fairly cold I was surprised again. I even saw a massive ladybug a couple of months ago on the glass pane on the 31st floor of my office building. It made me stop and think and gave me a warm feeling inside but I did not know what it meant until now. Thank you so much for the insights. Regards. D.’

On January 2, 2011, tiffanyjrufolo26-30 wrote: ‘I’m a little taken back right now. My mother just passed on December 21, 2010 from a massive heart attack. She was only 58 years old and I am only 26. Since the night after her funeral I noticed a single ladybug on the ceiling of my bathroom. I didn’t think anything of it at first because I didn’t know the significance of them. It is midwinter where I live and I have never seen a ladybug in my house before. Tonight I was crying to my boyfriend about missing my mom and worrying about if she is okay and as soon as I got out of the shower the ladybug was crawling on my bathroom mirror and I hadn’t seen it in the past few days. I really am a true believer now that there are signs from our loved ones and now I know my mom is okay. Thank you so much for this article; it has given me the peace that I needed.’

On January 6, 2011, clarksoj46-50 wrote: ‘Yesterday, I attended the funeral of a dear friend; at one point I looked up and felt her presence. Another friend who was also there, told me today that she saw a ladybug on my back at the funeral. Was this my dear friend?’

On February 14, 2011, brianna201646-50 wrote: ‘Thank you so much. Today on Valentine’s Day I was walking I asked God to give me a sign that my 11-year old daughter died tragic from this lady on January 19, 2009 and I have been asking God: is she okay. I was sitting outside and an orange ladybug landed on my hand, spread her wings and flew. My daughter’s favorite color is lime green and pink. Three days after we buried her we went to her grave site and there was lime green bugs everywhere on her grave and her flowers[; I had] never seen a lime green ladybug. I know God gave me signs that she is okay and in Paradise[;] thank you very much for all of your notes. Love[,] Pinky in Austin Texas[,] take care and God bless everyone!’

On February 24, 2011, gemma201126-30 wrote: ‘Thank you for putting that on. My husband died two weeks ago and tonight is the first night I have been on my own as my mom has been staying with me and our 3 children. I was very upset and talking to his photo and out of nowhere a ladybird appeared on the lamp next to me. So I came onto the internet to see if it meant anything and found this. Thank you[,] it has made me feel a whole lot better even if just for a while. X.’

On March 12, 2011, Cpcr7336-40 wrote: ‘Today I decided to spend the afternoon in my son’s room for the first time since he has passed away. I have been feeling his presence all around me, but as I found a couple of ladybirds in his room and nowhere else in the house, I decided to investigate. I set both ladybirds free as my girls were a bit scared of ‘bugs’[,] but somehow felt they must be a sort of sign. It was really lovely to hear about different experiences people are having in regard to ladybirds and the fact that they are in fact related to family and motherhood. I believe in signs and am much more in tune with them since my beautiful boy went away. I guess he knows I miss him terribly and is trying to show me that he is now free from pain.’

On March 25, 2011, caitlin88841-45 wrote: ‘I work in the health world and lost both parents and I realise that when people pass over if you are still enough[,] you notice a message for you – usually coming through nature. I walked out of a client’s house yesterday – not a pleasant visit – and lo and behold quite a few ladybirds in South England – unusual for this time of the year – they were having a good time on the gate – I stood and watched them as they were fascinating. I don’t know what possessed me to inquire here on the internet what they mean – but the idea of spirituality and regeneration is certainly uppermost in my life. I think there are messages all around – there are communications all around – it comes down to how much are you truly awake and aware. Often death of others wakes us up rather fast to view life in a very different way – a more positive manner in fact.’

On April 20, 2011, Sunflowers7931-35 wrote: ‘My brother passed away last Tuesday and I have been seeing ladybugs ever since. They are appearing everywhere. I was so sure this was a sign from him that when I did the flowers for his funeral I put a tiny wooden one on a leaf and placed it in the middle of the casket spray. He was buried yesterday and after the wake I went and had a little ladybug tattooed on the inside of my arm. After reading this post I am positive he is sending me signs… thank you for providing the information!’

On June 22, 2011, sdmcausland31-35 wrote: ‘My father passed away a few months ago and at his funeral all my siblings and I apparently had ladybugs on our backs. The morning after my dad passed my oldest brother said he had one on his bathroom mirror. Also two days after he passed we went to Sunday service and there were two ladybugs on the pew in front of us in the church. My mom and my siblings have all noticed these ladybugs. It feels nice to see those little signs. It was fathers-day on Sunday and I was really missing him that day and when I was out in my car taking my family to dinner a ladybug landed on my windshield! Ladybugs became an instant symbol for my family and I. For me it feels like I might be okay and someone is watching out for me… dad.’

On September 13, 2011, Roodle51-55 wrote: ‘The day of my late mother’s funeral I was having my nails done and a yellow ladybug sat on my arm and then for the next hour stayed with me, even while I was driving my car; when I got home she was still with me, she crawled into the palm of my hand and then went onto her back she appeared to have died, I showed her to my brother who put the ladybug into the palm of his hand he kissed it and it then started to crawl all over him, we were both mesmerized and felt wonderful. We put the ladybug in my garden pot on the verandah[,] went to my mother’s service[,] then came home for the wake, the ladybug was still in the garden pot[,] so I was able to show her to my sister and her daughters. That evening we looked out the window as a ship was sailing out to sea[,] at that very time the ladybug had gone, the interesting thing is my mother died on a ship the week before as we were sailing into Sidney harbour[,] having been on a 16-day family cruise. I’m now quite convinced the ladybug was my Mother communicating with me. Hope this helps.’

On September 27, 2011, jacriley41-45 reacted to this: ‘What a beautiful story about your Mum. I have attended three funerals in the past 12 months where I have found a Ladybird on two occasions on my arm during the service. The first was for a dear uncle and I remember pointing out the appearance of this beautiful ladybird to my sister who was sitting beside me in the church. The second funeral was for a beautiful young man who was a friend’s son, tragically taken at only 17 in a horrific accident. Again I had a tiny ladybird appear during the service and wondered was it coincidence or a sign. I hoped it was the latter. The third funeral, again tragic circumstances with another young man (a work colleague) this time taking his own life, but this time nothing appeared. I only really thought about the true relevance when one day at work a ladybird appeared on my desk and proceeded to climb on my hand and up my arm. I tried on several occasions to put it back on the desk but no way did it want to stay there. It was literally running at me as if it was desperate to stay with me. How bizarre. I recently read a book by medium Allison DuBois, and she knows we are sent signs from the afterlife. A very good read, I read the third book called ‘Secrets of the Monarch’. I will have to read the previous ones now. She is coming to Melbourne next Feb so I can’t wait to see her then at a seminar. I would love to find out who my ladybird is. I have a suspicion she may be my Step-Grandmother, who passed away two years ago. I can only hope. XXXX.’

On November 16, 2011, rsd919251-55 wrote: ‘… for several years now, my wife and I have struggled with our finances since her brain aneurysm in 2002. Even with a master’s degree, it has been difficult for me to locate employment. She is now close to a full recovery thanks to our faith in God. Our financial recovery hasn’t been as successful as our house is in foreclosure. Recently, through some spiritual studies and meditation we have gotten tremendous revelations. The bedroom windows face my side of the bed and for the longest, I have noticed Ladybugs crawling on the outside screen and on the sill as well as the ceiling of my wife’s side of the bedroom. The other day one landed on my right shoulder. All along, even though I am ever faithful, I have been asking God to show me a sign. Little did I know they were facing me every morning as I swung my feet out of the bed, staring at them in the morning sun. My wife decided to Google it and discovered this site along with some other info. We had just recently discovered that God wanted us to let our ‘Higher Selves’ (the God Within) handle our problems. This is the same philosophy of ‘Let Go and Let God’. Since we have adopted this philosophy, our life has begun to change dramatically. We know that we are getting better and better every day in every way. God bless his Ladybugs… and a double blessing to whoever reads this testimony.’

On November 25, 2011, Ravinwilson41-45 wrote: ‘I was in the hospital pending brain surgery for a tumor. I was terrified. My room was on the third floor; as I was sitting on the bed talking to my husband, we spotted a ladybug walking across the blanket across my lap; she was a deep red with only 3 spots, one each on the top, one on the lower right, and a small orange-yellow discoloration where a 4th spot would have likely been. She was very distinct. I picked her up looking at her, letting her walk on me for a few minutes; for those few moments my fear was gone, or at least on the back burner. My husband took her, went all the way down to the ground floor, out the front doors, and let her go, watching her fly off, then came back up. Ten minutes later, there, on the same spot on my blanket, was the same ladybug, I knew right away due to her unusual markings. We went through the same process. One more time after that, ten minutes, same ladybug, same process. I was still scared, but deep down, I knew somehow it would be all right. I survived a surgery no one thought I’d survive, was diagnosed with, and survived brain cancer. To this day, I have never forgotten my little ladybug friend and the strength of spirit she shared with me.’

On December 3, 2011, crowlowl56-60 wrote: ‘Two weeks ago my 28-year son was killed, so his death was sudden. I have always believed in the energy of the universe and my partner contacted him the day before the family was to view his body at the funeral home. He said: “Tell mom to look for a sign tomorrow because I’ll be there for her.” While the family sat around my sweet boy suddenly a ladybug crawled around [on] our [son] from under his left shoulder and onto his face. I knew immediately that that was his way of saying he was there. After we watched it for a while, his sister, who is not a fan of bugs, lifted the ladybug off of his face and took it outside. After reading this article I am more certain that he was telling me to let go… I am trying, my dear sweet one, I am trying.’

On December 15, 2011, brendaell41-45 posted: ‘A ladybug landed on my brother’s hand while we sang the hymn “In the Garden” at my grandmother’s funeral yesterday!’

On January 18, 2012, leidydesigns26-30 responded: ‘Wow, this is a beautiful story and I particularly was touched by it because today marks six years since my mom passed away, and every year I go to the cemetery to leave flowers on her grave. As I placed the flowers, almost instantly I felt the warmth of the sun shining on me and then I noticed something moving on the flowers. When I looked closely I realized it was a ladybug! I immediately took my photo camera and took a picture. I felt like it was a sign of God telling me he was there with me and with mom too. I left the cemetery with peace in my heart and the memory captured on the picture. I believe God is in everything, even the small details… and to add another curiosity to this story, my nickname since I was a child is Ladybug, after my name Leidy.’

On January 23, 2012, banks427236-40 wrote: ‘Over the past month I’ve experience [with] a ladybug. When I woke up one morning there was a ladybug on my pillow. December 2011 I was on the phone talking to my oldest son and my youngest son was in bed with me. I had no idea what this meant, I told my son on the phone that there was a ladybug in my bed on the pillow. I was amazed! It’s winter in Atlanta Georgia, very cold. I wanted to go and look up the meaning and did not at the time. It wasn’t until 30 minutes ago that I went into my cold bathroom and noticed a bug of some nature on the floor on it’s back. I was actually on the potty and looked over and there it was. When I went over to take a look, I could see that it was a ladybug I like; it’s freezing and here is another ladybug. I got a piece of paper to help turn the ladybug over and I looked at it and say: “I have to find out what this means.” I put it in the window and walked in here and googled and found this. I lost my mom in 1996 and my dad in 2007… yesterday my sister and I had a talk that was well over due, it shed light on a lot of things. When I woke up this morning the first thing I said was: “I’m happy.” All [the] while a message was waiting for me in my bathroom to confirm, what I was feeling inside. “Let Go and Let God.” Thank you!’

On January 26, 2012, mendaxgroup46-50 wrote: ‘My husband died suddenly in his sleep in 2002. We were so in love, married only 8 years, had a daughter almost 4 at the time. The day he died, my sunroom was filled with ladybugs. Since that day, my husband sends me ladybugs, in all forms (not just living ones often). I receive them throughout the year, regardless of the weather. I had to sell our home that we spent years planning and building. I was about to make settlement on a new home and very nervous and sad. After the walk through and before settlement, I was standing out on the new home’s deck with my realtor and Father. I looked over the railing and saw something but couldn’t make it out. I walked off the deck and around to see what it was. It was a ceramic ladybug that had been handmade. This house had been lived in before, and was spotless, nothing left behind by the former owners … except … this ladybug. I got one this morning in my bathroom. I got one on Christmas Eve at the stroke of midnight. I am so comforted by receiving them. God Bless!’

On January 26, 2012, zobird26-30 wrote: ‘My nan[ny] died in March 2011 and ever since then I have had Ladybirds in my house. I always felt like it was a symbol that she was with me still somewhere. At this moment I have a ladybug living with me and my son again and this particular one has been with us for about 2 weeks! It really puts me at ease when I have one in my home with us.’

On March 8, 2012, sanchmi42041-45 wrote: ‘I was in the hospital with my mom[;] she was very ill and it was just a matter of time before she would go to heaven. I laid back on the chair[,] looked up at the ceiling and saw a red ladybug on the ceiling. I knew then it would be any moment now. The ladybug gave me a sense of peace and comfort. I woke up this morning and on the bathroom floor I saw a brown ladybug[.] I picked it up and set it free outside. I always knew there was some kind of sentimental, spiritual whatever you want to call it meaning behind it. Today I looked it up and it was confirmed. My life has been unbearable for the last three years[;] I’ve been trying really hard to stay positive. I talk a lot to God and I know he is listening. Today I ‘Let Go and Let God’[.] I know I will not be here much longer cause my ladybug is here for me. My ladybug story.’

On March 25, 2012, wells6841-45, female, wrote: ‘I love your story[,] it brought me peace. I lost my beloved April last week[;] it was tragic[;] I had her for 12 years this year. She grew up with my kids[,] she was like my child too. I came home to find that our other dog killed her, I pray she didn’t suffer. We buried her in our own backyard; I’ve been having a really hard time with her passing. I was on the phone crying with my daughter, I flipped over one of two rocks I placed out on her grave, I found 5 ladybugs which is unusual since it had just snowed the day before. It made me cry, when I saw them. It felt so tranquil to see them. Reading the meaning of them made me cry. It was a sign from God and April. Thank you. Pray for me that I continue finding peace.’

On March 26, 2012, 356B61-65 wrote: ‘My mother-in-law died recently. The last months of her life were a struggle, not just for her but for the entire family. She passed peacefully in January with myself and her daughter (my wife) by her side. A few moments before she died she opened her eyes, slightly raised her head and smiled, she had been in coma for days… Back to the ladybugs, we had been planning to remodel the bathroom in our home but had the project on hold until she passed. When she died I started the project, towards the end of the nearly 3 month project ladybugs started showing up in the newly-painted window-sill. I had remembered my grandmother saying, ladybugs had some significance, but really paid it no mind and daily would try and release the bugs to the outside world. The ladybugs never got the message though, even as the final touchups and cleanups are winding down[,] the ladybugs are in residence every morning when I wander through the room. My wife or I release them or not and go about our chores. I did a search this morning in ‘the significance of ladybugs’, you were at the top of the google suggestions. We are not religious people, but I have always believed in a power or spirit greater then what I can see, I have always believed anyone who denies the existence of the greater power is either a liar or a fool… Thank you for taking the time.’

On April 21, 2012, Mnoelle1218-21 wrote: ‘When my niece was born her room was ladybug themed, her blankets, her borders on her walls, her lamp, her fan, and ever her name Kendal on the wall had a ladybug at the end. Me and my sisters always bought her ladybug themed clothes also. She died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome May 15, 2008 at only 7 months old. Since then ladybugs visit us often, my friends who loved her, my boyfriend, and family. Ladybugs are in some way her visiting me and my family. They are so special. They will always fly on me and I’ll put them on my hand and lift high to watch them fly away. My nephew keeps one of her bears and just a couple of months ago we noticed ladybug wings on it. There is no doubt in my mind every time I see a ladybug it’s her just saying hi. Thank you for posting these stories[,] they all have touched my heart. I’m glad other people see ladybugs the way I do because my niece was my little ladybug.’

On April 25, 2012, Rondax241-45 wrote: ‘Hello, I’m so glad I have come across this. I was leaving the hospital after my mother passed and a ladybug landed on me as I walked to my car, [I] thought nothing of it. At the funeral home my 8-year old twin daughters were playing with ladybugs outside. The day of the funeral one was crawling on my shoe. Several weeks later I took my daughters and nieces to see the grave; as we were leaving one single ladybug landed on me[,] then flew to each child and landed on them for a brief second. The ladybug stories never end, but are not so frequent, I’m not sure why. I am a teacher and I was going to my desk and on my chair there was a cut out craft made ladybug. I asked everyone at school, even students and no one claims the artwork. I have a couple of autistic students that I walk across a field and pet horses sometimes, one time there was a man there telling me about his old mare. I asked her name and he looked at me square in the eye and said: “Her name is Ladybug.” I have just been astonished at the ladybugs that have come my way. To me they mean that my mom is looking down from heaven saying: “Hey kiddo, how’s it going?” My daughters and I just smile big when we see our ladybug friends. Thanks for listening[,] Ronda.’

On May 9, 2012, enedina5046-50 wrote: ‘Today I had two ladybugs around me: one was on my shirt that was green and the other was on my end table that one was red. The green one got on me when I came in the backdoor, my dad loved the backyard and the other came in the front door which my mom loved the front yard. I feel it was both my parents coming to tell me that they love me and that they are okay. All I can say is: Thank you Lord and if you don’t mind I like to use your phrase “Let Go and Let God”. I just love that it’s beautiful.’

On May 18, 2012, Swapshopmom41-45 writes: ‘I looked ladybugs up today… my dad passed away 4 years ago. That summer at my favorite beach I saw hundreds of ladybugs at the shoreline and it didn’t make sense why they would be there in the water. I can’t even say how many times I’ve seen one since when I need a little pick-me-up. I always say [= said] that it [is] a sign from my dad. Now I believe it really is!’

On June 27, 2012, DebbyGUI56-60, female, wrote: ‘Four years ago I was on a tour in Tibet. It was November and very cold. I had decided that day to stay in the hotel room and not go sight seeing ass I was tired from the high altitude. Whilst in my room a ladybeetle landed on me and would not leave. My intuition told me that it was some sort of message but I didn’t know what. When I arrived home a few days later my family informed me that my mum had passed over whilst I was overseas. She died the day after I’d seen the ladybeetle. I only remembered the significance of this when I received a condolence card attached to flowers from my neighbours the next day. The card had a plastic ladybeetle attached to it. I then realised that the ladybeetle in snowy Tibet had been a sign from spirit that my mum would pass.

On July 25, 2012, tw33ty41322-25 wrote: ‘Three weeks ago my cousin passed away; she meant a lot to me and I took the news very hard. I haven’t been wanting to get out of bed, when I looked up I notice[d] a ladybug and it made me feel so peaceful and happy like if it was her letting me know that she’s okay and watching over us[;] the funny part was that she loved ladybugs and when I went to count the spots[,] it had 17[,] the same age as her.’

On August 1, 2012, Debbie6841-45 posted: ‘My sister passed 2008[,] ladybugs started appearing everywhere around us[;] so glad to know we’re not the only ones[;] every now and then I will see one and I know it’s sister.’

On October 5, 2012, trustnfaith46-50 wrote: ‘Wow[,] just notice[d] that a friend on Facebook had liked this post[;] my beloved father passed away approximately 5 weeks ago, and today while on an island in Wallis Lake, NSW[,] I came across a ladybug[;] while walking in the sand along the water’s edge, I noticed it and walked on by. But then something made me go back to look for it, I walked back and found it, which was a miracle in itself. I picked it up carefully and it crawled up my hand, staying with me for a minute[,] then flew away. I find it very significant that “Those who may have this totem are usually family oriented with strong morals and social values”. My father had very strong moral and ideals, he didn’t go to church but was a religious man[;] he believed in a god and thanked him everyday while saying grace at each meal he partook in, even if he sat eating on his own. In Dad’s final half hour of life I asked him to send me a sign, something, anything to show me he is alright. Since then there have been several signs shown to me and I truly believe today with [= that] the ladybug was one of those signs. I will take on board the lessons of the ladybug… Love you Dad! xo.’

On October 19, 2012, SelfDiscoveryDk46-50 wrote: ‘[I] was out cleaning my windows yesterday, hit a ladybird by mistake and tried to revive it by putting it aside (and prayed for it). Next thing it is flying and 6 more have appeared from nowhere. The rest of the day they were trying at every opportunity to get in the windows and it was bizarre (especially as the weather now turned cold). Found your post, it was very helpful. It comes the day after me and my husband concluded that God was trying to shut down our old life and the business. We had been struggling on but every time we did something we would get nothing so clearly that we both concluded that it was just too coincidental that everything felt dead. We have been asking God to speak to us. Your post helped, we will stop worrying and hear the voice that a new era has begun. God bless you.’

On October 23, 2012, JustMe46246-50, female, wrote: ‘Sorry for your loss. I have always heard that they are a sign of good luck and they are so delicate[,] it represents to me that life is delicate… When my momma died she was in the hospital in April and there were a whole bunch in her room too. It was a peaceful time though. I &lt [?]; 3 ladybugs… right now my home has several in here too but I just leave them alone[;] they make me smile.’

On October 21, 2012, forevertears61-65 wrote: ‘I truly liked the answer I received from this note. Seeing ladybugs always made me smile and treat them gently. Our family just lost our the most precious gift, my grandson of five years old, and the day before he died the front porch had about fifty or more on the step by the front door. The day he died the back deck was filled with them. It was awesome to see and now I know why this happened. Thank you for your information. CZ.’

On November 2, 2012, zenbabe56-60 wrote: ‘I am so glad to have found your post! I have just had a “reading” from a psychic who felt guided to offer me a free healing over the phone. While we were talking, a large ladybug crawled across the window. The reading was about me needing to release old fears which were left over from my mother, and to heal around old childhood fears. Thank you so much for posting this… what an amazing coincidence and feeling of joyful rebirth!’

On November 6, 2012, tommy8426-30 wrote: ‘I take great comfort from this. I lost my grandfather this year, one of my best friends… he was a very religious gentleman. Ladybirds have been appearing lots in my life at times of struggle and they always release my troubles. One is in my bedroom as I’m writing this!’

On November 10, 2012, Dadames41-45 wrote: ‘I like this[;] I lost my only son a few years ago and ever since ladybugs are always around my daughters[,] even in the winter and I was told it was my son and after reading this I believe it now. Thank you.’

On November 10, 2012, trendymom831-35 wrote: ‘This is a true story which I am about to share. My mom just passed away. We buried her on October 1, 2012, and I have since continued to feel her presence. When I awoke this morning the entire front and back of my house was (still is) covered in ladybugs! They continue to fly in the house as well when I go in and out too. They also continue to land on me or my daughter. So I took to the Internet to find out what this meant. I find this story first and no lie[,] I am just in awe right now after reading this! Thank you for sharing this info! I feel so inspired right now! Thank You!’

On November 11, 2012, Marysgirls36-40 wrote: ‘Thank you. My Mom passed away on the 20th of October and on her hospital window (on the 17th floor) were 3 ladybugs the day she passed. Today when opening a window, again there were 3 ladybugs. My Mom was 60 and her name is Mary. God bless you for posting this.’

On November 30, 2012, arinbiscqmp18-21 wrote: ‘My father-in-law passed away yesterday (Nov. 29th), my husband is having a real hard time with it. I woke up this morning to find ladybugs on my ceiling. My windows are all closed and have been. I don’t know how they got in here. But I understand why they’re here now.’

On December 3, 2012, Marie05201222-25 wrote: ‘[When] my baby boy passed away 11-05-2012, me [= I] and my husband decided to have a grave site funeral. The day of the funeral we arrive and there are ladybugs on everyone[,] on me[,] my husband[,] on the casket[,] just everywhere[;] it was very beautiful[.] Since then every time we go to the grave[,] we haven’t seen any[,] so I told my husband[;] I wonder why out of all days that day they were everywhere. But [it] made me wonder what it could have meant[,] so I looked it up to find this article; it made me feel like it was a sign from my baby letting me know he is okay…’

On December 31, 2012 HBmommie41-45 wrote: ‘This is unbelievable. My sister recently died unexpectedly. As I sat outside her home, comforting her two daughters, a ladybug landed on my hand as I held theirs and crawled over my hand onto each of theirs and back. It was a very spiritual moment for all three of us. It felt as if she was bonding myself [= me] to my nieces, letting them know that she [= their mother] was there and telling me to watch over them. I could literally feel her presence. That ladybug stayed on me the entire time we remained at her home. Thank you so much for posting this. It has brought me so much comfort as I end a tragic year.’

On January 1, 2013 BossB26-30 wrote: ‘My cat Leo passed away on Dec. 29th, he was really sick and had a vet appointment tomorrow. Unfortunately he didn’t make it to the appointment. I felt incredibly guilty because I didn’t know how sick he really was. He was strong and didn’t really show his weakness. Had I have known how sick he really was I would have taken care of him faster. On the night of Dec. 29th I buried my friend with tears pouring down my face because I felt it was my fault he was dead. Since that night I go to where I buried him at least three times a day to show him that I’m still thinking about him and that I’ll never forget him. This morning, when I went to visit him, a ladybug landed on my pants. I wasn’t sure what it meant or if it meant anything at all[,] so I started looking for a meaning. I came across this story and it blew my mind. I’m not a very spiritual person but I really do believe that the ladybug was Leo sending me a message that he is okay, and to “let go”. Before today I hadn’t seen a ladybug in years, let alone one that landed right on me. It can’t just be a coincidence, thank you for this story!’

On January 10, 2013, ron203209161-65 wrote: ‘My daughter died at the age of 26 (11 years ago) while driving the car. She was eight months pregnant and left behind a husband and a beautiful two year old daughter. For some reason whenever she wrote a note or letter she signed her name and drew a picture of a ladybird. In fact, the last note she wrote was with a present to a newly married couple. Every since she died whenever I see a ladybird I think of her, which is very often. We collect all ladybirds in stone, jewelry, etc. I never knew the link and decided today to look up the connection. I am not disappointed with the result. Thank You.’

On January 14, 2013, Edensmoak46-50 wrote: ‘About 5 years ago after my father died, I started seeing ladybugs everywhere I traveled. Each trip, every hotel lampshade, there was always a ladybug to greet me. Anywhere I went, Carmel California, NYC, Lexington, Ky., Bristol, TN, I found them so comforting. I have a daughter and a son and the ladybugs now appear on my daughter’s lampshade. It is a wonderful experience and I know they have a spiritual connection as if to offer comfort, guidance and a reminder that “God” is in charge and I need not worry. Thank you for sharing your story. I found your entry this evening after seeing a ladybug on my lampshade after praying for guidance this morning for help being a mother.’

On January 28, 2013, Kurrency126-30 wrote: ‘Wow!!! I’ve heard that ladybugs give luck and lately I’ve been seeing them[,] but only in my room… I did not kill any[,] I simply picked it up with a paper towel and put it in the trash… Hoping that it would live on but just not in my bedroom… I know that I have personally put almost 5 in the trash and they seem to still pop up… Usually when I see things in repeat it gives me the funny feeling. January 21, 2012 my Momz passed away. This month this year on the 21st made a year… Thank you for This great insight of the Ladybug!!!!! Appreciation from me to you!! BR, LaKey-.’

On January 28, 2013, Maryjeane51-55 wrote: Thank you so much. My mom died a few months ago. [I] found a ladybug in my bathroom; thought I should release it but it was too cold[,] so I brought it back in. [I] heard they were a sign of fortune times. After that the ladybug was wet then cold then gone. [I] found her again in the bathtub today. And now it’s by my side here. Right next to me. I think it’s my mom saying: relax[,] it’s all going to be good. My karma is very clear these days. I’m very fortunate. And thankful. Thank you so much. I believe. Xxxooo.’

On February 18, 2013, randyarreola31-35 wrote: ‘My brother is currently confined at the hospital in Sacramento, CA, with critical condition due to brain cancer. On the hallway outside my brother’s room, his daughter noticed a school of ladybugs on the floor[,] probably 30+, one was red and the rest were orange. What an amazement! Get well[,] my brother, follow your path, wherever your heart and faith takes you.’

On March 13, 2013, Pancetta46-50 wrote: ‘My loving father died three years ago, March 11th. I came to visit his gravesite, with a heavy burden on my heart as my 18 year old daughter, his only grandchild, will soon be getting a kidney transplant. A long time coming. So much worry and stress as I pray to be her donor. Dad loved her more than life. Just as I sat down by his headstone, a ladybug landed on my hand. Then two more showed up, then another. It’s Dad’s way of giving us his loving bear hug that we so terribly miss!! I love you dad!!’

On March 25, 2013, Twistar26-30 wrote: ‘My brother passed away in December of 2012, and all of a sudden I have been seeing ladybugs like crazy but they seem to be attracted to my mom. We go to the cemetery and I will gently take them of her back and hair. When my little nephew was being born, I found one that looked like she sat on, still alive as we arrived at the hospital. Even this morning I went to my brother’s room (where he had passed) and saw a ladybug crawling on the window from the inside. I went to get a piece of paper to bring it outside, but when I got back it was gone. I have never seen as many ladybugs as I have since my brother passed. I figured I would look up to see if there was any significance to it or if it is a (just so happen) situation. Anyway, thanks for the research.’

On March 26, 2013, megan33626-30 wrote: ‘Wow! I have been finding ladybugs all over my house since my Mom passed away. Thank you so much for this article.’

On March 28, 2012 lilcramer9922-25 wrote: ‘This is very helpful. Our family dog Buster died a week ago and my mom is absolutely heartbroken. She has me look things up about ladybirds because ever since we lost our dog, her room has been completely covered with ladybugs. We never got to say bye or that it will be okay to Buster before he was gone. This makes me think that he is telling those exact words to my mom with the ladybugs. Thank you so much.’

On April 8, 2013, brandileeme46-50 wrote: ‘March 28, 2013: Day of my mother’s passing, was also her birthday. All of these events happened before I was actually made aware of my mother’s passing. Early that morning I spotted one lone ladybug on a bush, at lunch that day I was driving home to eat and I drove through a cloud of ladybugs. At 5:00, when leaving work, I spotted one lone ladybug inside my car, that was, literally, minutes before I got the call that my mom had passed away. I had never heard about the association between ladybugs and death. Now when I see one, I know it’s my mom’s way of telling me: “It is okay. I am at peace and am dancing with the angels.”’

On April 10, 2013, Wineotracie46-50 wrote: ‘I lost my dog of 16 years last week and on the ceiling in the waiting room of the vet clinic was a ladybug. It reminded me that I had seen many this year. I took the ladybug home with me and left it on my dog’s grave that night after reading your wonderful blog. Thank you. I believe it is the angel who took my dog to heaven.’

On May 1, 2013, AnnaVla22-25 wrote: ‘Wow. My mom past away in December and I have been seeing ladybugs everywhere. Tonight there was one on the ceiling of my bathroom and it’s been raining today[,] so I put it in a little cup with some salad and leaf until tomorrow to release it. And reading this seriously gives me understanding why I have been seeing them. Losing my mother definitely made me lose myself spiritually and emotionally. I guess this gives me a boost to let go and move on.’

On June 5, 2013, SereneAngel431331-35 wrote: ‘My daughter was born a stillborn April 3, 2013, and her nickname is Ladybug. We see them all the time now and I cry tears of joy and sometimes sorrow but I know that it’s just her spirit making her presence known and letting us know that everything will be okay.’

On June 27, 2013, renee201336-40, female, wrote: ‘My daughter was stillborn on March 25, 2008, and Ladybug was the theme we had set up in her nursery. Since she passed away, I have ladybugs land on me constantly, my husband does too at work as he works outside a lot. They are a symbol of joy for us and we take it as a sign from her that she is thinking of us. We were blessed with another precious little girl 18 months later and the 2 years after that had our son. Both of the kids have ladybugs land on them all the time. Truly a sign from our angels. God bless you SereneAngel4313, I’m truly sorry for your loss and sorry another Mommy has to endure this nightmare. Hugs and prayers to you.’

On July 15, 2013 Cmichelle9222-25 wrote: ‘When I was pregnant with my son we had just moved into our own apartment in October. My family had moved out of state to be with my grandfather who was dying of cancer. When we moved in I found a ladybug. Over the next several months we had ladybugs appear on holidays and whenever we needed a little cheering up. When I went into labor in January this was no exception. When my bf [best friend] brought in my bags from the car[,] a ladybug had hitched a ride to my son’s birth. When we brought home our son[,] a ladybug had been waiting on his bassinet for his arrival. This whole time I was pregnant my grandfather had been battling cancer and it was winning. We took a trip in February[,] so he could meet his grandson. My mom saw somewhere that ladybugs can be a sign for my grandfather and my son. We lost my grandfather while we were visiting him that month. His last wish had been to meet his great-grandson and so he did. Winter came and we didn’t see any ladybugs, but just last weekend we took our son to the zoo and while we were on the shuttle bus back to our car[,] a ladybug came out of nowhere and landed on the window next to us. I feel this was a sign from my grandpa that he was watching over his grandbaby and I [= me]. I have never felt like I had anything like a guardian angel till these ladybugs showed up. Every time I see one now[,] I am very overjoyed.’

On August 9, 2013, lorries6646-50 wrote: ‘OMG!! I never knew this about ladybugs. The day of my 16-year old son’s funeral I saw a whole bunch of ladybugs. I thought to myself that it must be a sign. Sure enough it was. Every time I see a ladybug[,] I tell my family that my son visited me that day. I thought this was something I conjured up in my own head. It is apparently true.’

On August 20, 2013, AngelGotMail36-40 wrote: ‘This was a very helpful and enlightening article. It really did fill me with hope. I have family issues and money problems that seem like they will never end. But recently my bedroom is filled with ladybugs. I am 3 stories up and live in a cement jungle[,] so I really can’t imagine where they are coming from. In the morning when I wake up, they are on the bed framing my silhouette. Reading this article makes me feel optimist that there will be a positive outcome to this situation and that I need not worry or be mad about the current situation.’ [She (?) also responded to a mail from someone calling himself noonehereeurope31-35, who wrote (Aug 13): ‘It’s all just an America heresy!! You don’t even have any history so go look into someone else’s culture and learn with silence.’ AngelGotMail: ‘You really wish you had an American passport don’t you?! You are a HYPOCRITE and a LOSER. Stay on your own country’s websites thanks. Don’t be a HATER.’]

On August 27, 2013, L0972a36-40 wrote: ‘Two days after my brother passed away, I was sitting in the dining room when I saw something from the corner of my eye looking at me. It was a white ladybug. Before that night I never knew they existed. I’m happy to know its significance.’

On October 29, 2013, ccic61-65 wrote: ‘Today is my mother’s birthday[;] out of nowhere hundreds of ladybugs are crawling all over my downstairs screens. Can’t believe it! Is there a message here?’

On November 16, 2013, AimeeReilly41-45 wrote: ‘My husband passed away unexpectedly and suddenly last December. He has been sending us ladybugs ever since!’

On February 17, 2014, Juana818151-55 wrote: ‘Ladybugs are what I am seeing since my son passed away last May. I found one in my bedroom two weeks ago and it was 20 degrees outside. Several times one flew on my shirt when I had a crack in my window on my vehicle. It’s definitely my sign from above.’

On February 26, 2014, Salos92036-40 wrote: ‘My father was admitted into the ICU on the 13th of this month and I noticed several ladybugs in his room. After the 4th day I asked some of the nurses to check the other rooms to see if there were any in other rooms; there were not. I looked up the significance on the 17th and he passed on the 18th. They were such a positive energy in a not so positive time.’

On March 11, 2014, wowyva46-50 wrote: ‘I like to believe that ladybugs are a sign of ‘luck’ or ‘favor’ and even a ‘comforting sign from above’. I have been out of work for five months and have been preparing myself for the next level in my career through prayer, bible study and other research… truly walking by faith. Well, yesterday I had my third and final interview with a potential employer. We’ve had two telephone interviews and yesterday we met face-to-face for the final interview. Just as the interviewer and I had sat down to begin the interview, two ladybugs appeared on the desk in front of us. We chuckled at the oddness of the ladybugs in the office… but I knew in an instant that it was my ‘sign’ that God was in control of my interview and I felt an immediate peace.’

On March 25, 2014, ChynaFlo26-30 wrote: ‘Okay[,] so I’ve just moved into a new home with my 19-months old daughter after me [= I] and her father have decided to have a trial-separation. [I] woke up this morning[,] our second morning[,] to find not one or two but eleven ladybugs around my window in the living-room. [I’m] not gonna lie [that I] was a little freaked out to see so many but not as freaked out as if it was spiders or any other bugs. I thought I’d look it up as I’ve never seen that many in one go. Can anyone tell me if it means anything? X.’

On April 29, 2014 Soqtee46-50 wrote: ‘My oldest son has returned home to meet our Creator[;] he was 25 and his birthday is coming up next week. We laid him to rest 4/12/14; so it’s been difficult to live; but tonight at 10:30 p.m. while working my other job[,] a light-beige with black dots ladybug crawled on the board right in front of me; so reading this made my heart lighter; thank you.’

On May 9, 2014 codakena36-40 wrote: ‘My mother passed away on March 25. We spent her last hours praying with her and by her side telling her we love her and hearing her response that she ‘loved us more’ until she took her last breath. She left us in peace and so much love. My mom was one to pray for signs and growing up I found myself doing the same. I prayed for a sign to let us know that she was okay and that she was in Good Hands and that we would be okay also. About a week ago I found this beige-colored ladybug with black spots inside my car. The first thing I wondered was how did it get here… I normally talk to my mom when I am alone in my car to and from my work. I started noticing when I would talk to my mom [that] this ladybug would decide to come out from wherever it was hiding in my car and show itself. Today I asked my mom if she was okay and if we would be okay and that she would want me to rely on our faith for strength and guidance. I have to say that the little ladybug flew out onto my dashboard to be seen as clear as day. Just the noted symbolism for what a ladybug is[, is] very comforting. I take my little ladybug in my car to be sent from above!’

On July 16, 2014 naeknow16-17 wrote: ‘My grandmother’s doctor said she had two weeks to live[.] It’s my dad’s mother and I don’t live with my dad[,] but it seems weird every time I get onto the shower[,] the ladybug appears[.] I’ve asked my mom and sister[,] have they seen it[?;] and they said no[;] keeping in mind that me [= I] and my sister don’t have the same dad and I was devastated when I found out. Hmmm let go and let God.’

On September 19, 2014 Dharia731-35 wrote: ‘My relative died just recently. When I was doing Falun Dafa exercises today, a beige ladybug sat on my chest. I felt an urge to open my eyes and saw it. We don’t have ladybugs in our region and I’ve never seen a beige one before. I did a search and found your article. I shared it with my relatives, because it may bring peace to those of them who are mourning. Thank you for sharing. Dharia (Israel).’

On November 30, 2014, Loveyougreat22-25 wrote: ‘My grandmother passed two weeks ago and at the cemetery burial service there was a ladybug on my seat. A few days later I came home to find at least 10 ladybugs on the front of my home. This past Thursday was thanksgiving and there was a ladybug inside on the window right next to our table while we were eating. Let go and Let God is exactly the message she would want to send us right now. Thank you for this.’

On December 27, 2014, Myrn41-45 wrote: ‘My mother passed away suddenly 2 months ago. The past few weeks I have found a bunch of ladybugs in my house. I know this is her way of telling me she is okay.’

On January 6, 2015, myjanie66-70 wrote: ‘My mom and dad passed away last year within a month of each other. This Christmas, even though I am in the second year of grieving, was extremely difficult. I talk to them and share that this is so hard. I have been crying almost every day when I’m alone. Tonight when I went to change my sheets, I found a ‘ladybug’ in my bed but not alive. I knew it had to mean something. This writing piece on the ladybug brought me much comfort. I know my mom is telling me she is with me and will help me with my new start without them. To find a ladybug in January – and I think one of the first I have ever seen in my house – is definitely a sign. My mom was a devout Catholic and we believe in the Blessed Mother, whose birthday is tomorrow. Thank you for taking the time to share the above information on the ladybug.’

On January 22, 2015, StopTheShip41-45 wrote: ‘Tonight happens to be the eve of the third anniversary of my mother’s passing. It is also the middle of the winter where I live in Michigan. There is a ladybug flying around in my living room!! Maybe there is something to this???’

On February 8, 2015, rachbeesley18-21 wrote: ‘There have been two people in my family that have passed away with the last month. Both were not immediate family but one I have something the used to own and got it about 2 – 3 weeks ago. Those past few weeks I have had a ladybug in my flat which is so cold most of the time. I have however been amazingly stressed out and worried about all kinds of stuff… What does this mean?’ (Ohh and it is the middle of winter.)

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