The Swedish name “nyckelpiga”´ where nyckel means key and piga means girl: according to old stories, you would enter through the gates of heaven if you let a captured ladybug fly away. The ladybug was thus a symbolic key.The ladybug was early linked with the Virgin Mary who, according to Catholic belief, had the opportunity to unlock the door to the kingdom of heaven. After all, Mary is associated with the seven virtues and the number of dots on the little hillside beetle is just seven. Source : Norstedts.


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