Acanthosomatidae

Pronunciation:  [A·CAN·tho·so·MAT·i·dae]

Common Name:  Shield Bugs

Description:  Similar in appearance and closely related to stink bugs (Pentatomidae).   This family has two-segmented tarsi.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Shield-shaped body
  2. Two-segmented tarsi
  3. Five-segmented antennae
  4. Large triangular scutellum in center of back

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera