: Welsh Folk-lore

This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly in the neighbourhood

of Llanidloes as a prognosticator of the weather. First of all the

lady-bird was placed in the palm of the left hand, or right; I do not

think it made any difference which hand was used, and the person who held

it addressed it as follows:--

Iar fach goch, gwtta,

Pa un ai gwlaw, neu hindda?

and then
having said these words, the insect was thrown skywards, the

person repeating the while--

Os mai gwlaw, cwympa lawr,

Os mai teg, hedfana;

which in English would be--

Lady-bird, lady-bird, tell to me

What the weather is going to be;

If fair, then fly in the air,

If foul, then fall to the ground.

The first two lines were said with the beetle in the hand, and the last

two whilst it was thrown upwards; if it came to the ground without

attempting to fly, it indicated rain; if, however, when thrown into the

air it flew away, then fair weather was to be expected. The writer has

often resorted to this test, but whether he found it true or false he

cannot now say.