Shield bugs

Shield bugs

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Credit: ANTONIA REEVE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Shield bugs feeding on a cabbage leaf. Different species of shield bugs (family Pentatomidae) are agricultural pests on cabbages, coffee, tomatoes, and cotton. The triangular shield on their back is formed from an enlarged scutellum (dorsal plate of cuticle). They are also called stink bugs because they emit a foul-smelling fluid when disturbed, as a defence against predators.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, animal, botanical, botany, brassica sp., bug, cabbage, crop, eating, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf, leaves, nature, pentatomidae, pest, plant pathology, produce, shield bugs, stink, wildlife, zoology

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