What do you call a ladybird in Swedish?

A ladybird is called a nyckelpiga in Swedish. It actually translates into “key maid”. Neither its Swedish or its English name makes much sense, as far as I can tell.
Even when you see these close-up shots, taken with my macro lens, you can’t tell where it has gotten these names from.

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2 Responses to What do you call a ladybird in Swedish?

  1. mn says:

    In the US we call it a ladybug- I’d like to imagine it’s because she is wearing a fabulous red polka dot dress.

  2. Anaïs says:

    The Dutch word for it translates as ‘our dear lord bug’, which is even weirder …

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