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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.

Thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ This is a Coleoptera (beetle), not a Hemiptera (true bug). The tarsal formula and overall shape to me suggests Meloidae. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 9 '15 at 9:51
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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.

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(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.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! That looks very similar to the one in my photograph! Could the difference in the colour of the thorax and legs be attributed to gender or maturity? $\endgroup$ – user19271 Oct 12 '15 at 8:08
  • $\begingroup$ @user19271 I don't think that your species is the same as the one in the picture I attached (P. bilineata) - the shape of the head and the thorax coloration is completely different. I only included it to show that your beetle is similar to the Pyrota genus. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 12 '15 at 12:17
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    $\begingroup$ @user19271 So, for the record, I don't think my answer should be "accepted", since it doesn't include a likely species ID. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 14 '15 at 12:13
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    $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater Often, ID to species level is impossible with insects, even by experts, certainly based on only photographs. So why shouldn't the answer not be accepted? $\endgroup$ – RHA Jul 29 '17 at 7:18

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