lady beetle
Ladybird La"dy*bird`, n. [Equiv. to, bird of Our Lady.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small beetles of the genus {Coccinella} and allied genera (family {Coccinellid[ae]}); -- called also {ladybug}, {ladyclock}, {lady cow}, {lady fly}, {ladybeetle}, and {lady beetle}. {Coccinella seplempunctata} in one of the common European species. See {Coccinella}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ladybirds are usually more or less hemispherical in form, with a smooth, polished surface, and often colored red, brown, or black, with small spots of brighter colors. Both the larv[ae] and the adult beetles of most species feed on aphids, and for this reason they are very beneficial to agriculture and horticulture. [1913 Webster]


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  • lady beetle — noun small round bright colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests • Syn: ↑ladybug, ↑ladybeetle, ↑ladybird, ↑ladybird beetle • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lady beetle — ladybug, small rounded brightly colored beetle, ladybird …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lady beetle — noun see ladybug …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lady beetle — noun Another term for a ladybug (US terminology) or ladybird (British terminology). This term is preferred by some scientists …   Wiktionary

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  • Two-spotted lady beetle — Taxobox name = Two spotted lady beetle image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropod classis = Insecta ordo = Bug subordo = Polyphaga infraordo = Cucujiformia superfamilia = Cucujoidea familia = Coccinellidae genus = Adalia species = A …   Wikipedia

  • Convergent lady beetle — Taxobox name = Convergent lady beetle image caption = Yosemite National Park image width = 166px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Coccinellidae genus = Hippodamia species = H. convergens binomial …   Wikipedia

  • Twice-stabbed lady beetle — Taxobox | name = Chilocorus stigma image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Coccinellidae genus = Chilocorus species = C. stigma binomial = Chilocorus stigma binomial authority = (Say …   Wikipedia

  • convergent lady beetle — noun also convergent ladybug or convergent ( s) Etymology: so called from the two converging white lines on its prothorax : a common North American ladybug (Hippodamia convergens) that has red or orange elytra with black spots and feeds on small… …   Useful english dictionary

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