vedalia beetle

noun ve·da·lia beetle \vi-ˈdāl-yə-\
variants: or less commonly


Definition of vedalia beetle

  1. :  an Australian ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis) introduced to many countries to control scale insects

Origin and Etymology of vedalia beetle

borrowed from New Latin, a genus name (1850), probably an arbitrary coinage

First Known Use: 1889

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