Definition of ladybird in English:



  • A small beetle with a domed back which is typically red or yellow with black spots. Both the adults and larvae are important predators of aphids.

    Called ladybug in North America
    • ‘There is at least one example where PA accumulated by aphids from their host plant are in turn sequestered by the aphid's predator, ladybird beetles.’
    • ‘Like many of our endemic species of ladybirds, these beetles have handsome red-and-black coloration.’
    • ‘For me, bumble-bees and ladybirds are not the only signs of spring.’
    • ‘Many insects, such as ground beetles, hoverflies and ladybirds, can keep pests under control - but not if they've been destroyed by chemical sprays.’
    • ‘Useful insects include silkworms and ladybirds that predate upon aphids.’