In Germany snowdrops and ladybugs (Schneeglöckchen und Marienkäfer) are both signs of spring. Ladybugs are also a sign of luck. There is a German legend about the snowdrops that says God asked the snow to get color from the flowers, but they all refused except for the snowdrop. Therefore, snow lets the snowdrop blume first.
Each spring the children in the German preschool make ladybugs and snowdrops.