W. uenoi is known only from the Pia Oac and Sa Pa areas. W. usignata was known from Sichuan and Shaanxi in China and recently found also at Sa Pa. It is thus no surprise that I found both species at Sa Pa, but they may be regarded as specialties.
For those interested, this is genus 133 for the blog. There are still several that I have not posted yet. Boy oh boy, what diversity!
|Male Watanabeopetalia uenoi, a pretty and slender species|
|Its face is orange brown|
|Appendages in dorsal view|
|And in lateral view|
|Superficially similar male Watanabeopetalia usignata|
|But a very different facial pattern|
|Different appendages in dorsal view (note inferiors)|
|And also quite different in lateral view|
|Both species in dorsal view. Left W. uenoi and right W. usignata. The latter is slightly larger. Note the different pattern on S2.|