Asian lady beetle

noun

variants or less commonly Asian ladybug
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Asian lady beetle was in 1994

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“Asian lady beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Asian%20lady%20beetle. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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