Friday, April 22, 2011

Ladybug or Manbug?

How can you tell?

Are the manbugs offended by the name 'ladybug?

Just a little something I've giggled about since seeing the movie, A Bug's Life. Francis the Manbug was macho but maybe he needs a less ambiguous name! haha 

The ladybug's a beetle.
It's shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.
Although the name is ladybug
Some ladybugs are men.
So why don't we say "gentleman bug"
Every now and then?
~Author Unknown

Here are the ladybugs/manbugs/peoplebugs that I spotted in the field yesterday. Aren't they cute?!
The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing....
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, "The Little Buggers"

Oh ladybug, I wish you joy
As you complete your garden chores.
I'd like to put aside my work
And join you in the out-of-doors!
~Author Unknown

Hope they find their way to my garden...

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  1. Love your man bug shots! I have one on my header and another leaf eating man bug on my current post.

  2. Amazing ladybug photos! I love how close you were able to get to that tiny little flower with a bug on top. Great job!

  3. oh those are so sweet! love the "man bug" too. :)

  4. LadyManbugs hate to see me coming. I just love them and will hold them until my conscience gets the better of me. Beautiful shots and yay spring..actually big yay spring!

  5. Cute post!
    Stopping by from the Friday hop to say hello and to follow.
    Have a great day!

  6. Love the rich color on that second image. And those poems/quotes? Awesome addition. People-bugs bring good luck, don't they?

  7. cute shots you got here. If you buy a dslr camera, just contact me and then i'll share my knowledge on macros. ;) I followed your blog.

  8. Whatever it is, it's just wonderful to see at this time of the year :-)

  9. Thanks for all the lovely comments, Macro Friday folks! I enjoyed seeing all your macros too!

  10. Tracy: Have you ever noticed the funny smell they leave on your fingers? Weird, isn't it?

    Glenn: thanks! still can't get over your ant macro-- and you say your camera is obsolete!! Ha!

  11. hahahaha now why didnt i think of that? true the ladybug could be a manbug hehehe, love the photos you captured of the manbug/ladybug, im confused now hahaha

    I'm following you from homemakeronadime Creative Bloggers' and Hop!

    Susan @

  12. Spectacular! Very, very well done. Made me smile.


  13. Sweet capture. Happy Macro Monday!

  14. I love Bug's Life! :) Great photos of the lady/man bug. We don't have any flowers popping up here yet but we just had snow last week. I'm jealous of the green and flowers and bugs.

  15. Isn't it funny how even people who don't like 'creepy crawlies' are fond of ladybirds (which is what we call them in England)? They are very cute, and they're beneficial, but perhaps that's not all it is.

    I believe they got their nickname from 'Our Lady' rather than an assumption of gender, so maybe people are disposed to like them for that reason? They are lucky, or blessed, insects. :)

    And I think your photos are great! I especially love the one on the daisy!

  16. Very Cute pictures!!! from Creative Bloggers Hop. Love lady bugs!

  17. Jay: that is interesting! I wonder what they are called in parts of the world that don't have 'Our Lady'?

  18. Well, once you start looking, it gets more interesting! In Turkey they are called 'Luck Bug', in Hebrew and Yiddish they are 'Moses' Little Cow' or 'Moses' Little Horse', in Poland they are 'God's Little Cow'. Their name in Dutch translates as 'Little Animal of Our Good Lord'. But in Finnish they are 'Blood Gertrud' from their colour. And apparently, in several European countries the name gave tribute to Freja, goddess of fertility before they converted to Christianity.

    Interesting, huh? I suspect the early farmers knew how beneficial they were in getting rid of agricultural pests and gave them their 'blessed' status because of that!

  19. LOL! I love the poem :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  20. Ladybugs are beautiful insects.


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