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vedalia beetle

Line breaks: ve|da¦lia beetle
Pronunciation: /vɪˈdeɪlɪə
 
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Definition of vedalia beetle in English:

noun

An Australian ladybird which has been introduced into California and elsewhere to control scale insects.
  • Rodolia cardinalis, family Coccinellidae
Example sentences
  • Researchers raised vedalia beetles to use in orchards that had outbreaks of cottony cushion scale.
  • The importation of the vedalia beetle was the beginning of the modern era of biological control.
  • When vedalia beetles arrive in an orchard they can clean up a nasty problem in 4-6 weeks.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin Vedalia (former genus name), of unknown origin.

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