[ 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.

Origin of ladybug

First recorded in 1690–1700; lady + bug1
Also called ladybeetle, lady beetle, ladybird beetle, ladybird. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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