Leaf Beetle? - Ophraella conferta
Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
July 24, 2004
This photo was taken on a nature trail near our home.
I have been perplexed by this individual's swollen abdomen. Is it a female full of eggs? Perhaps infected with a parasite? It looks to be a leaf beetle, possibly of the Pyrrhalta genus. I count 11 antennae segments, which may help with identification.