Ladybug ladybug fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone…
The English version, which refers to ladybirds, appeared in a collection of nursery rhymes in 1744.
Many adoption websites, books, announcements, and other items feature ladybugs. Interestingly enough, this has no roots in Chinese culture (although they are red). The basic story is this: Several years ago in China, as the international adoption programs were beginning to take off, there was a fall season where the ladybug population grew unusually large. This was thought to be a lucky charm for those that were adopting, so now whenever ladybugs are seen, it is said that more beautiful children are being referred to wonderful waiting parents and families.
And they eat aphids!