vedalia beetle

ve·​da·​lia beetle | \ vi-ˈdāl-yə- How to pronounce vedalia beetle (audio) \
variants: or less commonly vedalia

Definition of vedalia beetle

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

Examples of vedalia beetle in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of vedalia beetle

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vedalia beetle

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

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“Vedalia beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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