Among the most conspicuous of the true bugs are the pentatomoid Hemiptera, stink bugs and their relatives, many of which are large, or moderately so, and brightly colored. Unwary berry pickers probably can recount an unpleasant experience with fruit tainted by the noisome odor of a stink bug, and the characteristic, barrel-shaped eggs of most Pentatomidae, often ornate and arranged in neat rows, have evoked the wonderment of naturalists and prompted numerous technical descriptions from entomologists. Contributing to the importance of this group are the crop losses inflicted by certain plant-feeding species and the destruction of insect pests by predatory stink bugs (Asopinae).
Wheeler, A. G. Jr.
"The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America with Emphasis on the Fauna of Illinois. J. E. McPherson. 240 pages. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1982. $30.00.,"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 15
, Article 17.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol15/iss3/17