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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Examples of ladybug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The maneuver put Hayabusa2 on course toward a 6-mile-wide (10 km) slice of sky over Woomera—the precision equivalent of targeting a ladybug from 0.6 miles (1 km) away, JAXA officials wrote in a post-burn update. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Japanese Space Capsule Carrying Pristine Asteroid Samples Lands in Australia," 7 Dec. 2020 Aside from a virtual ladybug, whose 30-day visit comes at a cost of $2, the art is free for all to appreciate and experimentat with. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This AR App Brings the Northern Lights and Other Natural Phenomena Into Your Living Room," 15 May 2020 There’s a ladybug infestation in the house; our stillness is made more noticeable by their motion and endless proliferation, by the constant fluttering of wings. Jordan Kisner, New York Times, "In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports," 27 Mar. 2020 When a ladybug takes flight, its wings spring open within a tenth of a second—faster than a blink of an eye. Popular Science, "These fold-up robots fly just like ladybugs," 15 Apr. 2020 This Daphne style features a ladybug illustration, gold hardware, and a Velcro strap. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, "The New Rifle Paper Co. and Keds Collaboration Will Put A Spring in Your Step," 3 Apr. 2020 Insecticides do a better job of controlling ladybugs than aphids, so using just a water spray rather than insecticide allows the predatory insects to expand their populations. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The insect pests invading San Antonio gardens and how to stop them," 2 Apr. 2020 Kids get bug-like goggles along with a map to introduce them to the bees, ladybugs, ants and spiders in the garden. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Go now: L.A.'s cherry blossoms are popping, but not for long," 12 Mar. 2020 Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, which tells the love story between a fly and a ladybug, arrives in Phoenix for the first time in the show’s nearly four-year run in 22 countries. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Cirque du Soleil acrobat couple spins love story on stage. What to expect at OVO in Phoenix," 17 Feb. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ladybug

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


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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