The interaction of an ultrasonic guided Lamb wave mode with delamination type defects in a quasi-isotropic laminated composite plate has been studied, using both simulations and experiments. In a laminated composite plate with a symmetric delamination, when the primary anti-symmetric mode, Ao, is incident at the entrance and exit of a delamination, it generates a new mode, So, that is confined only to sub-laminates and undergoes multiple reflections in the delaminated region. It was observed that only the incident and mode-converted Ao modes propagate in the main laminate. The two modes reverberate between the two ends of the delaminations while undergoing multiple mode conversions, leading to a trail of signals that is captured by the finite element model. The numerical observations were validated using experiments conducted using air coupled ultrasonic transducers. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.