Mary and the Ladybugs: A Rosary for the Gardener

8 Jun

Collectors often value rosaries made of sterling silver or precious jewels. The ladybug rosary, however, is one of the most striking. Some say that the ladybug, a creature known to keep more destructive insects away from plants, is named for Mary, Our Lady. Consequently, rosaries and rosary bracelets have been made with ladybug symbols.

According to legend, a crisis was developing in Poland during the Middle Ages because swarms of insects were ruining the farmers’ crops. When the people prayed to Mary for help, small red bugs appeared and attacked the more destructive insects. The crops were saved. In gratitude, the people named these small red bugs, Ladybugs ( Our Lady’s Bugs). Ladybugs are said to have 14 black spots, 7 representing the 7 sorrows of Mary and 7 representing the 7 joys of Mary.

Each bead of this rosary resembles a ladybug.

Each bead of this rosary resembles a ladybug.

The ladybug rosary reminds collectors of the many legends that name the common events and creatures in our lives.



To learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. This 152 page, hardcover reference book helps historians and antique dealers identify religious articles. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on, Barnes and, and the Catholic Faith Store Online.

The authors are often able to visit church groups, school groups, and community organizations to show their rosary collection. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at


4 Responses to “Mary and the Ladybugs: A Rosary for the Gardener”

  1. Relax June 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM #



    • rosarycollector June 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      Thanks. I usually search for unusual rosaries at flea markets and estate sales. Last June, I entered a religious article store expecting to find the typical items and was surprised to find such a unique rosary.


  2. geralynarango June 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

    That is a really cool connection!


  3. rosarycollector June 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM #

    You never know where you will find a unique rosary. I discovered this Ladybug rosary at a religious article store in Newtown, Pennsylvania.


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