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(Animals) an Australian ladybird, Rodolia cardinalis, introduced elsewhere to control the scale insect Icerya purchasi, which is a pest of citrus fruits
[C20: from New Latin]
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|Noun||1.||vedalia - native to Australia; introduced elsewhere to control scale insects|
lady beetle, ladybeetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle, ladybug - small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests