ladybirds
Coccinella Coc`ci*nel"la, n. [NL., fr. L. coccineus scarlet-colored. See {Cochoneal}.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of small beetles of many species. They and their larv[ae] feed on aphids or plant lice, and hence are of great benefit to man. Also called {ladybirds} and {ladybugs}. [1913 Webster]

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