Scandinavia and the World

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Ladybug around the world 18 11, 7:22pm

Also in some older circles Alder Birgit. Leppäkerttu (Alder Gretel) and Leppäpirkko (Alder Birgit).

Bonus fact for you non-Fins, Alder part comes from the olden times when the word "leppä", which is now the name of alder trees in Finland, meant blood. And since chopped alder stumps and ladybugs are red...

Gretel, Kerttu, and Birgit, Pirkko, then, you may ask? I supposed they just wanted to use name instead of more anonymous lady, maiden or somesuch...