Heteropteran bugs have wings that are largely thickened. They are positioned flat on the back to form a horny shield. Only the tips of the forewings are still membranous. This gives these shieldbugs and their relatives their distinct appearance. Many shield bugs can emit a stinking fluid when alarmed.

See a different type of Heteropteran bug.


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