We have been unable to locate a description of the field characters of this species. Based on morphology of slide mounted female, probably with: Body round; conspicuously rounded in lateral view; body with dense mass of mealy wax covering body and hiding body color, with dorsomedial crest of wax; legs large, black or dark brown; probably with conspicuous band of plate-like waxy filaments, variable in number because often fused, surrounding entire body; posterior filaments probably separate; all filaments about same length; without an ovisac; probably ovoviviparous; probably with conspicuous pair of dark areas on each side of dorsal midline of abdomen when wax is removed. On foliage and fruit of host.
This species was intercepted 143 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Anguila, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Tortola, Trinidad and Tobago, The U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. We also have examined quarantine specimens from Bahamas (Bouganvillea, Chenopodium, Croton, and Malvaceae); Colombia (unknown host); Domincan Republic (Annona, Coccoloba); Puerto Rico (Melicoccus); St. Thomas (USVI) (Cestrum); Trinidad and Tobago (Anthurium). ScaleNet lists the species from more than 30 families of host plants and occurs in the Neotropical region only. Three other species of Puto other than P. barberi and P. mexicanus (Cockerell) have been taken at U. S. ports-of-entry including: Puto lasiorum (Cockerell) (Mexico, on cactus, Leucophylum, and Opuntia); P. ulter Ferris (usually from Guatemala, on orchids; also from Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela, on orchids); and P. yuccae (Coquillett) (Mexico, on Cephalocereus, Cereus, Ferocactus, Lycium, Opuntia and Suaeda).