Pentatomidae

plural noun

Pen·​ta·​tom·​i·​dae
: a large and widely distributed family of terrestrial bugs (order Hemiptera) usually flattened and angular in form and often brilliantly colored that live mainly on the juices of plants and fruits though some are important predators of caterpillars and other insect pests compare harlequin bug

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Pentatoma, type genus (from penta- + -toma) + -idae

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“Pentatomidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pentatomidae. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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