flower bug


Definition of flower bug

: any of various small mostly black-and-white predaceous bugs (family Anthocoridae) that frequent flowers and feed on pest insects (such as aphids and thrips)

Examples of flower bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minute pirate bugs and their close cousin, insidious flower bugs, belong to the group of bugs known as true bugs, which include bed bugs, squash bugs and stink bugs. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "What's biting you? Could be these bugs whose bite is bigger than they are," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of flower bug

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Flower bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flower%20bug. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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