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Genus Physonota

Geiger tortoise beetle - Physonota calochroma Leaf Beetle - Physonota helianthi Wild Olive Tortoise Beetle - Physonota alutacea Wild Olive Tortoise Beetle? - Physonota alutacea Physonota alutacea pupa, top view - Physonota alutacea Weird bugs in my Geiger - Physonota calochroma Sunflower Tortoise Beetle - Physonota helianthi Beetle - Physonota alutacea
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Ischyrosonychini
Genus Physonota
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Enagria, Eurypepla, & Platycycla are treated as separate genera in(1)
Explanation of Names
Physonota Boheman 1854
5 spp. in our area(2), 46 spp. total (all but 7 spp. in Physonota s.str.)(1)
New World, greatest diversity in Mexico; in our area, 2 spp. in e. & c. US and adjacent Canada (QC-SK) and 3 spp. restricted to so. FL, so. TX, and AZ, respectively(3)
Works Cited
1.Cassidinae of the world - an interactive manual (by Lech Borowiec and Jolanta Świętojańska)
2.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.