Why do the French people call ladybugs “God’s Bug?”

A fable from the Middle Ages tells the story of a young man who had been wrongly convicted of a murder, and was unfortunately sentenced to death.

On the day of his execution, a ladybug landed on his neck at the very moment he was about to be beheaded – causing the executioner to stop. The ladybug kept leaving and coming back again every time the executioner tried to behead the man. This ladybug seemed so stubborn that it caught the attention of the king, Robert the II (972-1031). He thought this interference was from the will of the Almighty, and he decided to pardon the young man. A couple of days later, the real murderer was found, and the people of Paris have been calling ladybugs “God’s Bug” ever since.

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