Symbols of Latvia
The National Bird
The Latvian national bird is the White Wagtail. This energetic bird is a symbol of hard work.
The White Wagtail is a very visible resident of Latvia from April through October, but winters around the Mediterranean Sea.
Because of its popularity and admirable traits, the White Wagtail was declared the national bird of Latvia in 1960 by the International Bird Protection Council.
The National Insect
The Latvian national insect is also one of Latvia’s most beloved symbols in children stories and fairytales – the Two-spotted Ladybird.
The insect’s Latvian name – mārīte – is derived from Māra, the name of the supreme Latvian goddess.
It was chosen as the national insect of Latvia by the Latvian Entomologists Society.