Definition of vedalia beetle in English:

vedalia beetle

Line breaks: ve|da¦lia beetle
Pronunciation: /vɪˈdeɪlɪə
 
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noun

  • An Australian ladybird which has been introduced into California and elsewhere to control scale insects.
    • Rodolia cardinalis, family Coccinellidae
    More 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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