Does your insect have a dorsoventrally flattened body, and a head that is partially or completely covered by a shield-like pronotum?
A dorsoventrally flattened body is flat from top to bottom. The pronotum is the front section of the thorax. A shield-like pronotum will look like a large, armor-like cap that extends forward over at least part of the head. See the illustration.
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