James and the Giant Peach

what is the meaning of this sentence

Ladybird says "you are one of us now.... you are one of the crew" what does this mean?

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The various bugs are trying to reasure james that they are his friends and mean no harm to him.

You mustn’t be frightened,” the ladybug said kindly. “We wouldn’t dream of hurting you. You are one of us now, didn’t you know that? You are one of the crew. We’re all in the same boat.”