enter image description here I thought that it was dangerous and kept it under a polythene at my home, in Rajasthan.

Is this insect harmful, rare or common? If the pic is not clear, I would like to mention that it is green, six-legged and its body is separated in two from the neck.

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    $\begingroup$ This looks more like a true bug than a beetle, and may be a member of superfamily Pentatomoidea; the photo isn't as clear as I would like. If I'm right as to group, species range in habit from predator to agricultural pest (and North American members of similar appearance are closer to the latter). $\endgroup$
    – user32396
    Commented Apr 7, 2018 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ I agree. Not a beetle, but a Pentatomidae. $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Commented Apr 7, 2018 at 18:18
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    $\begingroup$ Not harmful to people but some species in the family are agricultural pests. Common name is "stink bug", named for the defensive scent it gives off when threatened. $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Commented Apr 7, 2018 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ I also agree. Looks like some species of stink bug (also called a shield bug) in the Pentatomidae family. As Karl said, these are often agricultural pests. Other than a fowl odor when crushed, these insects pose no direct danger to you. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Karl I think you can make an answer out of your comments. There will probably be no need to ID that organism down to the genus level. $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 22:36


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