ladybug

noun
la·​dy·​bug | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg How to pronounce ladybug (audio) \

Definition of ladybug

: any of numerous small nearly hemispherical often brightly colored often spotted beetles (family Coccinellidae) of temperate and tropical regions that usually feed both as larvae and adults on other insects (such as aphids)

called also lady beetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle

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Some cultures believe that ladybugs bring luck and good fortune. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Flower Could Bring You Good Fortune," 5 June 2019 But in reality, the massive blob showing up Tuesday evening on the National Weather Service’s radar in San Diego County was just a lot of ladybugs. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "High-flying ladybug swarm shows up on National Weather Service radar," 4 June 2019 Hawks, possums, western fence lizards and crows are now regular visitors to the yard, along with bees, ladybugs, caterpillars and monarch butterflies. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "This Los Angeles couple is on a mission to save the environment, starting with their own backyard," 14 June 2019 The ladybugs came in a box, which immediately released their unique smell when Mullins and Westminster City Arborist Eric Schlitzer opened it. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster releases 100,000 insects ... on purpose," 18 July 2019 The swarm of insects was so large that Cleveland 19 News picked it up on their weather radar, just like the ladybug bloom that took place a couple of weeks ago. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Deal with the Mayfly Swarm," 2 July 2019 The state is actually known for its hearty ladybug population, and June tends to be a good time to see them in action. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Ladybug Swarm in California Was Big Enough to Show Up on Weather Radar," 6 June 2019 The cows sported baseball caps, Hawaii shirts, sunglasses, ladybug wings and more. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Like many insect species, ladybugs are seeing steep declines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A 10-Mile-Wide Ladybug Swarm Buzzed Over San Diego," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of ladybug

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ladybug

Our Lady, the Virgin Mary

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ladybug

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ladybug

US : a type of small flying insect that has a round red back with dark spots

ladybug

noun
la·​dy·​bug | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg How to pronounce ladybug (audio) \

Kids Definition of ladybug

: a small rounded beetle that is often brightly colored and spotted and feeds mostly on other insects (as aphids)

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