Explanation of Names
Physonota alutacea Boheman 1854
undisturbed adults are silvery:
Larvae, like others of this genus, are bizarre:
s. TX (Corpus Christi area) to Columbia
host: Wild Olive - Cordia boissieri (Boraginaceae), a native small tree, frequently cultivated, variously known as Wild Olive, Mexican Olive, Texas Olive, or Anacahuita.
Larvae gregarious in early stages. Closely associated with hostplant--see above.
Boheman, C.H., 1854. Monographia Cassididarum. Tomus secundus. Holmiae, 506 pp.
Sanderson, M.W. 1948. Larval, pupal, and adult stages of North American Physonota (Chrysomelidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer., 41: 468-477.
Williams, J.R. 1950. The introduction of Physonota alutacea Boheman (Col., Cassid.) into Mauritius. Bull. Entomol. Res. 40: 479–480.