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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.
1690-1700; lady + bug1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • My favorite part was getting to personally release ladybugs into the greenhouse to combat pesky pests.
  • We think of ladybugs as little cute-as-a-button beetles.
  • We'll use row covers and bring in some ladybugs to control the beetles.
  • Several native ladybug species are disappearing and being replaced by ladybugs from other places.
  • Most ladybugs feed on plant-eating insects, such as aphids, though some species feed on the plants themselves.
  • These include ladybugs, dragonflies, and praying mantises.
  • Scientists worry that these ladybugs might not be as good as our ladybugs at protecting plants from pests.
  • Farmers and gardeners across the country know that the more ladybugs there are, the better.
  • ladybugs feed chiefly on plant lice and scale insects.
  • Make new discoveries about a wide variety of bugs from arachnids and katydids to ladybugs and butterflies.
Word Origin and History for ladybugs



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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