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- n. Plural form of shieldbug.
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However, there is another name for these shieldbugs and that is stink bugs, because they emit quite a foul smell when disturbed, and that is what I can smell now.
Today I am searching for shieldbugs, and there they are sunning themselves on the wood woundwort.