One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small beetle with a domed back, typically red or yellow with black spots. Both the adults and larvae are important predators of aphids.
Family Coccinellidae: several genera and species, including the familiar convergent ladybug (Hippodamia convergens)British term ladybird
- ‘We're building habitats to encourage birds, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs to our gardens.’
- ‘They are multicolored Asian ladybugs or ladybird beetles, first introduced to the southern United States to control aphids.’
- ‘Green lacewings, like ladybugs, diminish aphid and mealybug populations, as well as thrips.’
- ‘After the read aloud, the text was extended as children examined pictures of a cricket, a ground beetle, and ladybugs, and they made comments and comparisons.’
- ‘The larvae of ladybugs and green lacewings are also hunters of small, soft-bodied insect pests.’
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