Asian lady beetle

variants: or less commonly Asian ladybug

Definition of Asian lady beetle

: multicolored asian lady beetle The yellow to dark-orange Asian lady beetle is invading Northeast Ohio homes by the hundreds, even thousands, slipping through the smallest cracks, swarming around doors and windows, looking for warmth. — Debbi Snook, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 17 Oct. 2001 An unforeseen consequence of the Asian ladybug's importation is that the insect has a habit of swarming on—and in—homes …— Mary Esch, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2008

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Asian lady beetle

1994, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Asian lady beetle

Time Traveler for Asian lady beetle

Time Traveler

The first known use of Asian lady beetle was in 1994

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Asian lady beetle

Cite this Entry

“Asian lady beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

Comments on Asian lady beetle

What made you want to look up Asian lady beetle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!