Ladybird, Ladybird, Birds and Beasts in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Llanidloes Wales
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Title: Ladybird, Ladybird


This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly in the neighbourhood of Llanidloes as a prognosticator of the weather.  First of all the lady-bird was placed in the palm of the left hand, or right; it did not make much difference which hand was used, and the person who held it addressed it as follows:—|Iâr fach goch, gwtta, Pa un ai glaw, neu hindda?| and then having said these words, the insect was thrown skywards, the person repeating the while—| Os mai gwlaw, cwympa lawr, Os mai têg, hedfana; which in English would be—| Lady-bird, lady-bird, tell to me,What the weather is going to be; If fair, then fly in the air, If foul, then fall to the ground.| The first two lines were said with the beetle in the hand, and the last two whilst it was thrown upwards. If it came to the ground without attempting to fly, it indicated rain; if, however, when thrown into the air it flew away, then fair weather was to be expected.  The writer has often resorted to this test, but whether he found it true or false he cannot now say.


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