could someone please identify this insect? This photograph was taken in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, near the town of Mahabaleshwar. Hemiptera was about as far as I could get using other online guides.
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Due to its coloration, shape and tarsal formula (5-5-4) I think that a Meloidae(Blister beetle) of the Pyrota genus is likely. You can see several examples of species in this genus from a basic google search. Meloidae has about 2500 species world-wide though, and there might be similar species in other genera. Here is an example of Pyrota bilineata, just for comparison.
(picture from http://bugguide.net/node/view/918423/bgpage)
You probably need somebody more knowledgeable on Indian beetles for a proper species determination though, but hopefully my suggestions can serve as a starting point.