Monique wrote, "When I was a child, when we caught a ladybug, we made it climb on our hands and when it reached the tip of a finger, before it flew away we would chant this rhyme …"

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Galineta literally means "little hen". Ladybugs are also called "catarineta" (little Catherine), "catarineta del Bon Dieu" (the Good God's little Catherine), "buòu de Nòstre Sénher" (Our Lord's ox… don't ask why!) and many other words.


Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing this rhyme!

Photo: Mama Lisa

Mercé plan!