|Coeliccia poungyi, male|
|Slightly different angle|
|And in hand close-up, marvelous|
|Coeliccia pyriformis, male|
|Striking and large Coeliccia uenoi, male|
|Close-up of the dorsal pattern of the thorax|
Later the same day I bumped into several tens of yet another unknown Coeliccia, C. sasamotoi. This species had been only recently described (2011) based on specimens from Central Vietnam and Laos. Since then it has also been found in Hoa Binh Province, already considerably further north. Now Xuan Son can be added to the list. Apparently is has quite a broad range. It is yet another striking species, with interestingly very little tail light, just whitish appendages. The female of this again rather large species has two sets of yellow spots on the dorsum of the synthorax, a bit like the much smaller undescribed species from Cuc Phuong (see that post).
|Beautiful Coeliccia sasamotoi, male|
|And another male, the flash has made it slightly lighter than it is, see below|
|Close-up of the dorsal pattern of the male|
|Coeliccia sasamotoi, female|
|The same female from a different angle|
On top of these species I also bumped later in the day into a few Coeliccia cyanomelas, a species I had seen at Ba Vi and Tam Dao, where it was quite common especially in August. Here are a few shots of a male in hand. For completeness I added a photo from Tam Dao of a copula.
|Coeliccia cyanomelas, copula at Tam Dao, mid September|
|Coeliccia cyanomelas, male|
|Close-up of the dorsal pattern, with two smallish spots proximal and tiny ones distally, plus the typical black 'bite' taken out of the blue flanks at the 'shoulder'|