ve·da·lia beetle vi-ˈdāl-yə-
variants or less commonly vedalia
: an Australian ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis) introduced to many countries to control scale insects
Recent Examples on the Web The vedalia beetle was brought in to the citrus orchards of California in the 1880s to take care of a serious pest, the cottony cushion scale. —Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, 7 Feb. 2018
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