Ladybird ladybird fly away home,
Your house in on fire and your children are gone,
All except one and that's little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.
"Ladybird, ladybird" would be chanted by a small child
when this pretty, little, inoffensive insect landed on their
person. If the ladybird did not fly away of its own accord the
child would gently blow it away chanting "Ladybird Ladybird
fly away home". This insect is commonly found
every summer in the gardens of Britain - the most common colour
is red with black spots, less common are the yellow variety. This
nursery rhyme is purely situational and has no basis in history
for its origins.