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[ley-dee-buhg] /ˈleɪ diˌbʌg/
any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but including several forms that feed on plants.
Also called ladybeetle, lady beetle, ladybird beetle, ladybird.
Origin of ladybug
1690-1700; lady + bug1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In which a tiny ladybug's progress across a journal page is a metaphor for one's own.
  • The ladybug keeps munching for a little while, and then it gets slower and slower and slower until it stops, he says.
  • When players tap the ladybug, it will move offscreen to signal victory.
  • Players will also create cels to make the ladybug animated.
  • In addition to the zebra swallowtail, other official state insects are the firefly, honeybee and ladybug.
  • Several native ladybug species are disappearing and being replaced by ladybugs from other places.
  • And the test armies are two exotic varieties of ladybug.
Word Origin and History for ladybug

1690s, from lady + bug (n.). The "lady" is the Virgin Mary (cf. German cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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