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Stink bugs

Family Pentatomidae. - This group consists of land forms, many of them producing a disagreeable odor which has resulted in applying to these insects the common name "stink bugs". Most of them suck the sap from various plants, leaving behind the odor so often noticeable on berries. Others are carnivorous, attacking caterpillars and sucking their juices. Many of them are minor pests and potentially important ones, and their fair size-often half an inch or more in length­together with considerable width, giving them a broad surface, makes them fairly familiar objects.