Agave Plant Bug

Agaveocoris barberi (Caulotops barberi)

An adult agave plant bug, Agaveocoris barberi, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed at Sycamore Canyon on the west side of the Mazatzal Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 16 May 2010. Length is about 5 mm.

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Taking a close look at one of these bugs can include a risk of bloody injury! That's because they live among the sword-like leaves of agave where the tips and margins of the leaves are well armed. Small golden or darkening spots indicate this bug's presence, and indeed, few agaves in the Sonoran Desert or semi-arid habitats of Arizona are free of these insects.

Golden-flowered Agave

Miridae -- Plant Bug Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
Invertebrates in Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 26 May 2012,
updated 5 July 2021.