ladybird beetle

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ladybird (ladybug) Any of a large number of small, brightly coloured beetles; the most common are red with conspicuous black spots and a black and white head. Ladybirds and their larvae are regarded as useful by farmers because their diet consists primarily of aphids. Family Coccinellidae.

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ladybird the ladybird is traditionally regarded as lucky, and its name (‘Our Lady's bird’) associates it with the Virgin Mary.

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ladybird See COCCINELLIDAE.