Creative Tuesdays – Little Critters

Creative Tuesdays – Little Critters


I decided to follow Michael’s prompt from Creative Tuesdays properly this time (and be a good student). Last time I took the prompt twitters to a new level as I painted a toucan.

The prompt this time is critters. Today I decided I would love to try using a thin black marker, and watercolour crayons. My little ladybugs were fun to draw and paint.

I have always loved ladybugs except when we return to our home in the spring and find flies, wasps and ladybugs dead all over the floor.

I think the research was the most interesting. I had no idea where the name “ladybug” came from.

They are known as ladybugs or lady beetles in North American and ladybirds in England and elsewhere. Ladybugs are not really bugs but beetles from the Coccinellidae family. The theory about the name is that it is from the Virgin Mary (because of their bright red colouring – the Virgin Mary is painted often wearing a red cloak).

You can find out more at:

Today I found out

Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper (Leviticus 11:22, NIV).

Has anyone ever tried eating an insect? I don’t think I have unless I digested one without knowing it.

On Sunday Stillness I wrote about ants and locusts.


What I found out about ladybugs from Michael’s prompt at Creative Tuesdays. (click to tweet)

Don’t forget to drop by to Creative Tuesdays and see all the other critters from some wonderful artists.



  1. Seeing your lovely drawing, has made me realise that I haven’t seen any ladybirds around much this year. Not sure what they thrive on in the UK either. Also a lot of our popular birds are currently declining in numbers, which is a tragedy. Lovely fresh drawing Janis.

  2. That is very cute, Janis and I LOVE the story behind them. how amazing. Well done! thank you so much for playing along. But, oh, how sad to see dead ladybirds on the floor too. (Speaking of which, how on earth did the get “birds” added? I suppose it’s b/c they sort of “fly!” 🙂

    1. Michael,
      The name “birds” was changed because some people didn’t want them called “bugs” – a bad connotation and since a ladybug is a beetle they called them ladybirds. I loved playing along and really liked the ink and watercolour.

  3. Hi Janis,
    I’m not really here…taking a blogging break until September. Your ladybugs/ladybirds have personality plus. Kids would love to color this in too. 🙂

    1. Tracy,
      Well even though you are not “here” and I am glad you came and joined me. Thanks for the encouragement. And yes I want to figure out a way to get them into a PDF for colouring. I am working on it.

  4. I’ve always called them beetles but ladybug sound so much better. I like they are gathering toward the flower. great take on the CT prompt.

    have a lovely day.

    1. Thank you Lissa,
      I didn’t know they were beetles until I did some research. And at first they were just sitting on the paper in white and I thought something was missing so added the little wildflower.

    1. Wanda,
      Thank you. I enjoy researching. I did a “job study” once to find out my gifts and “fact finder” was the label. I guess it is true.

  5. Cute, Janis. Thank you for the research too.I love ladybugs! They are the only crawly type that I will allow in the house to hibernate, and I don’t mind when they land on me and crawl up my arm. God must be beautiful.

    1. Pam,
      I love ladybugs too along with butterflies. And I always have liked them to crawl on my hands and arms. And I agree that God must be amazingly beautiful – in heart, mind and soul to have created such an awesome world.

  6. And more ladybugs :))
    Pretty they are! 🙂
    And thanks for the research you did,
    now I know why they are called
    “Marienkäfer” = Mary bug here
    in Germany :))

    Have a beautiful day!
    Tinna ✐

    1. Tinna,
      Isn’t that interesting? – Marienkafer – Marybug. Add one more little bit of trivia to my head file. Thanks for your comments,

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