"In Norfolk, England, a lady bird is called a 'bishy barney bee'. The name may be derived from the red cloak worn by a Bishop Barnabas or from the 'bloody bishop' who killed many Protestants or from the red cloak worn by the Virgin Mary in some mediaeval pictures of her. All of these derivations are open to question.

When I was a child if you got a lady bird on your hand you would say..." -Christine

Bishy Bishy Barney Bee - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Recited by Lisa.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Christine Dewbury for sharing this rhyme with us!

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the lovely illustration!