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Pentatomidae (shieldbugs; order Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera) Family of bugs in which the scutellum is large and in some forms almost completely covers the fore wings and abdomen. A group of a few hundred species are predators, the rest feed on plants. In late summer they are often found feeding on wild berries. There are 5000 species, found in most parts of the world, but they are especially numerous in the tropics.