lady beetle

Definitions of lady beetle
  1. noun
    small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests
    synonyms: ladybeetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle, ladybug
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    Adalia bipunctata, two-spotted ladybug
    red ladybug with a black spot on each wing
    Epilachna varivestis, Mexican bean beetle, bean beetle
    introduced into the United States from Mexico; feeds on the foliage of the bean plant
    Hippodamia convergens
    a variety of ladybug
    Rodolia cardinalis, vedalia
    native to Australia; introduced elsewhere to control scale insects
    type of:
    insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
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