vedalia beetle


ve·​da·​lia beetle vi-ˈdāl-yə- How to pronounce vedalia beetle (audio)
variants or less commonly vedalia
: an Australian ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis) introduced to many countries to control scale insects

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vedalia beetle was in 1889

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“Vedalia beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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