Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: This small insect oil painting features a close-up of a red ladybug sitting on a red flower, creating an almost camouflaged environment for itself. This work of art will not need a frame because it has been composed on quality gallery wrap canvas which allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting. Hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.
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I named this painting “Almost Perfect Camouflage” because the red color of the ladybug blends in so well with the flower he/she is sitting on. A natural predator would have to look very close to see it.
Where did they get their name? Are all ladybugs female? What do you call a ladybug that is a male? How can you tell them apart? All great questions!
Ladybug is the common name for Coccinellidae, a Latin word that means scarlet. It is also the American name for the insect Europeans call the “lady beetle” or “ladybird beetle.” Whether you call them ladybug, ladybird, or lady beetle, the name has its origins in an old legend from Europe during the Middle ages.
The Legend of the Ladybug
Legend has it that pests were destroying the Europeans crops, so Catholic farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady (the Virgin Mary) for help. Soon afterward, they noticed tiny black and red beetles in their fields eating the unwanted pests. Their crops were miraculously spared of any damage from the infestation. The farmers attributed their good fortune to the tiny insects called “the beetles of our Lady.” The red color of the beetle represents Mary’s cloak, and the black spots her sorrows. Eventually, they came to be known as ladybugs.
Ladybugs come in both the male and female varieties, and both sexes are called the same thing… “ladybugs.” It is hard to distinguish the male from female ladybugs with the naked eye, although females are larger than males. And that is hard to determine unless they are next to each other.
This painting has a companion called “Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight”. Whether purchased with its companion or not, either of these paintings will look great proudly displayed in your home or office. Click on thumbnail for a larger image.
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