la·dy·bug | \ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg \

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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The three-bedroom, single-story ranch house was cuter than a ladybug and had more potential than a Derby winner’s foal. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 Luckily, so are ladybugs, which prey on aphids and keep them in check. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden," 1 June 2018 Driving my little red car on this road was like sending a ladybug across a waffle. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Our rocky road to rhododendrons," 4 July 2018 Keep your kids’ bodies and brains active with this musical ladybug friend. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "7 outdoor toys to keep the kids entertained this summer," 26 June 2018 However, some aphids contain a substance that’s much more toxic to this aggressive invader than to the other ladybugs. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden," 1 June 2018 Small insects like ladybugs take advantage of physics to travel in a distinctive way. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018 Next is the theme of hibernation, featuring insects such as ladybugs — which stack by the thousands on top of one another during winter — that work together to survive extreme weather conditions. Grace Dickinson,, "17 gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for 'Xtreme Bugs' exhibit," 22 May 2018 Commercially available beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, green lacewing and the spined soldier bug, will feed on pest eggs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Pesky Cucumber Beetles In Your Garden," 1 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ladybug

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


la·dy·bug | \ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg \

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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