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Miridae on Agave deserti - Agaveocoris

Miridae on Agave deserti - Agaveocoris
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
April 24, 2010
Size: BL~5.5 mm
Several of these adults and also some immatures were running about on Desert Agave (Agave deserti) leaves. I tried to look up Agave deserti as a host plant but without success. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Miridae on Agave deserti - Agaveocoris Miridae on Agave deserti - Agaveocoris Caulotops on Agave deserti - Agaveocoris

Moved per M.D. Schwartz's suggestion
Moved from Plant Bugs.

 
Caulotops sp
Thanks so much, v belov, and thanks also to M.D. Schwartz.
It's great to have a subfamily and genus!

 
I also suspect that genus.
But, there is no matching one among 3 recorded species I know. It may be another one.

 
Caulotops
Thanks so much for your help, Kim. I'm trying to download the key to the species of Caulotops--but unsuccessfully. I may have to wait till I go to the CU Library. It is very interesting that there is one species called C. agavis, even if reported in Arizona but not California. There is so much overlap between the two states. I think about 85-90% of the insects we have photographed in Anza-Borrego also include Arizona in their range. Or perhaps it is a Baja California species?
I notice that in Slater & Baranowski, 1978, Caulotops is separated from Halticotoma by "Pronotal calli strongly swollen and convex" in Caulotops, but not in Halticotoma. These calli do seem to be present.

 
Caulotops
I'm trying to download the key to the species of Caulotops--but unsuccessfully. I may have to wait till I go to the CU Library. It is very interesting that there is one species called C. agavis, even if reported in Arizona but not California. There is so much overlap between the two states. I think about 85-90% of the insects we have photographed in Anza-Borrego also include Arizona in their range.

 
Caulotops undescribed species
I've been trying to research out this genus. At
http:/www.eol.org/search/?q=Caulotops seven species are listed, the three species found in the U.S., one species, C. puncticollis (that was described in 1898 from Argentina) and three undescribed species. I have not been able to find either description nor distribution of these undescribed species.

Lynn, could you pls flip the pic head up or to the left?
conventional orientation may hugely facilitate recognition

 
Flipped image
It does look different from most of our other mirids. Hope this view is more useful.

Suspect Bryocorinae, but not sure...
Moved from ID Request.

 
Bryocorinae?
It wouldn't surprise me since the texture of agave leaves, extremely thick, tough and succulent, are like the texture of yucca or nolina, except maybe more so! The Yucca Bug is in this subfamily.

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