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Ladybird, ladybird.....

By KKmoments
.... fly away home....
Your house is on fire, your children all gone,
Except little Nan, who sits in a pan,
Weaving gold laces as fast as she can.

In Medieval England farmers would set torches to the old hop vines after the harvest in order to clear the fields. This poem was a warning to the ladybugs that were still crawling on the vines in search of aphids. The ladybugs' children (larvae) could get away from the flames, but the pupae, referred to as "Nan" in some versions, were fastened to the plants and thus could not escape.

Pupae are the larvae when they have formed a cocoon and are changing into adults. "Nan" was originally an affectionate form of the name "Ann" (but it is now generally used as a short form of "Nancy").

Just a bit of info, to accompany the second ladybird pic... I never liked that rhyme I used to feel sorry for the little bugs being told their house was on fire... but now i know its a warning to them I like it Smile

Thank you for the lovely response on yesterdays upload, this was taken at the same time fortunately my helper in the form of Josh was removing them from a wall and placing them on a flower, not that they stayed there long but this one did.....

Karen Smile

Tags: Sunshine Flower Ladybird Insect Yellow Close up Bug Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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halena2 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 7:58PM
Very good close up, and interesting write up.
Tigress 12 Scotland
14 Oct 2008 7:59PM
Lovely shot- and interesting write up. Didn't know where the rhyme had come from. The wee souls......
Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
14 Oct 2008 8:06PM
spot on composition Smile
jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
14 Oct 2008 8:15PM
Interesting write up and cracking image.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
14 Oct 2008 8:16PM
Nicely positioned in the frame Karen. A lot of spots and it works well on the yellow flower.
I like that write up - learn something new all the time on here.Smile
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 8:28PM
beautiful image and great write up, well done
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 8:33PM
Superb capture! Great image.
Marilyn x
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 8:49PM
Well done, lovely image,

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
14 Oct 2008 9:09PM
Good info about the poem and a fantastic image to go with it!
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 9:12PM
Focused where it's needed to be
Hebe 13 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 9:19PM
Beautifully captured.
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 9:21PM
........................All except one and her name was Nan , and she crept under the frying pan.
That was the version I grew up with. Still follows the same theme.
Lovely image and write up
DolphinLady 14 54 1 Wales
14 Oct 2008 9:27PM
I always felt the same as you about this little verse, but now I also know differently, it souinds so much better.
A lovely capture Karen.
It looks outstanding against the yellow of the petal.
Josh chose a good palce for it.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 9:38PM
We have almost the same verse here in Germany, and I never knew what it had to do with the fire - now I understand the German verse too. Thank you!
This is a lovely little image, great focus on the ladybug and nice dof on the flower.
TyChee Plus
15 275 1 United States
15 Oct 2008 3:43AM
Excellent comp.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
15 Oct 2008 5:59AM
mrsvee 12 1 England
15 Oct 2008 6:11AM
Super image.
Great detail & colour.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
15 Oct 2008 8:01AM
Superb close-up, and a great write-up, too. Carol
zanzibarwinds 17 205 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 8:54AM
and there I thought the word Nan was for "gran" in the UK.

Great photo and thanks for the write up as well Smile
sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 9:26AM
great info about the poem and a fantastic image to go with it
well done indeed

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2008 9:37PM
What a very beautiful colour and fabulous detail Karen. The info is really interesting too.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
25 Oct 2008 11:53PM
Marvellous macro work Karen and a most interesting write up. You learn something new on epz everyday
Dotrob 15 Wales
26 Oct 2008 5:33PM
Great bright image, super detail.
tpics 10 2 United States
16 Feb 2010 4:55PM
really nice shot

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