Educational Resource Sample

Shield Bug

From the Leeds Museum and Galleries Collection. This is a beautifully preserved example of what is commonly called a shield bug or stink bug, from the sub-family halyinae. This group of insects are found worldwide and consist of nearly 5000 species.

The order Hemiptera, from the greek hemi (half) and pteron (wing), is so called because of their wing structure. The front wings are split into two sections, a toughened area, and a softer membranous area.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Sub-Order: Heteroptera
  • Family: Pentatomidae
  • Sub-Family: Halyinae

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