Definition of ladybug in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're building habitats to encourage birds, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs to our gardens.’
    • ‘The larvae of ladybugs and green lacewings are also hunters of small, soft-bodied insect pests.’
    • ‘Green lacewings, like ladybugs, diminish aphid and mealybug populations, as well as thrips.’
    • ‘They are multicolored Asian ladybugs or ladybird beetles, first introduced to the southern United States to control aphids.’