George B. Craig
Stinkbugs make up the family Pentatomidae in the insect order of true bugs, Hemiptera, and are characterized by their shieldlike shape and five-segmented antennae. Pentatomids are moderate in size with mottled shades of green, gray, or brown; a few are brightly colored. The common name stems from the disagreeable odor produced by glands in the thorax. Some stinkbugs are plant feeders, some are predaceous, and some omnivorous. The brightly colored harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica, is often destructive to cabbage.