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Very interesting!     These are Pentatomoidea, commonly known as shield bugs or stink bugs.     Shield bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly.

A Giant Shield Bug (family Tessaratomidae) with its babies (nymphs) on a guava tree leaf. he insects of this family exhibit a lot of maternal care with the eggs and nymphs. Photo: S Frazier Via Go ahead, BUG me / Lena Bessa