Phyllocharis undulata

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Phyllocharis undulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
Genus: Phyllocharis
Species: P. undulata
Binomial name
Phyllocharis undulata
(Linnaeus, 1763)
Synonyms [1]

Chrysomela undulata Linnaeus, 1763

Phyllocharis undulata is a species of leaf beetle, native to Southeast Asia. It is found in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Java, Lombok and Timor.[1]


Phyllocharis undulata feeds on various species of Clerodendrum (Verbenaceae), including Clerodendrum inerme,[1] Clerodendrum chinense[2] and Clerodendrum calamitosum.[3]

Pest control[edit]

It has been considered as a biological control agent against Clerodendrum chinense, which has become a serious noxious weed and invasive species on some Pacific Islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, including Samoa, Niue, and Fiji.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mohamad S. Mohamedsaid (2009). "Chrysomelidae of the Lesser Sunda Islands: Wallace's Line and the crossing of worlds". In Pierre Jolivet; Jorge Santiago-Blay; Michael Schmitt. Research of Chrysomelidae, Volume 2. Brill. pp. 57–104. ISBN 978-90-04-16947-0. 
  2. ^ a b D. F. Waterhouse (1993). "Clerodendrum chinense (Osbeck) Mabberley (formerly C. philippinum). Honolulu rose". Biological Control: Pacific Prospects - Supplement 2 (PDF). Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. pp. 73–94. ISBN 1-86320-076-2. 
  3. ^ S. J. van Ooststroom (1947). "Over de variabiliteit van Phyllocharis undulata (L.) (Col., Chrysom.)" [On the variability of Phyllocharis undulata (L.) (Col., Chrysom.)]. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie (in Dutch). 88: 543–546.