One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beetle of a family (Coccinellidae ) that includes the ladybirds.
- ‘Both plataspid species are prey of the coccinellid beetle, whose larvae always detected them by contact.’
- ‘Predaceous arthropods were tallied and assigned to general taxonomic groups: spiders, hymenopterans, hemipterans, and coccinellids.’
- ‘There is growing concern that predaceous coccinellids introduced into North America may have negative impacts on native ladybird beetles.’
- ‘In their exposed position near the tip of a growing shoot, the nymphs are preyed upon by a diverse array of invertebrates such as coccinellid beetle larvae, spiders, and wasps.’
- ‘The average rate of dispersal for four species of adventive coccinellids now established on Cape Breton Island was estimated to range from 30 to 400 km/yr.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Coccinellidae (plural), from the genus name Coccinella, from Latin coccineus ‘scarlet’.
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