ladybug 1690s, from LADY (Cf. lady) + BUG (Cf. bug) (n.). The "lady" is the Virgin Mary (Cf. German cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.

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