Megalestes micans Needham, 1930

M. micans is small for members of this genus. It is found in montane forests, amongst the vegetation along streams. The adult is a weak flyer, though it is well camouflaged at rest. 

These shots were taken at Hoang Lien National Park (Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province) in August, at 1800m a.s.l. Males were quite common along shaded brooks and streams with gritty bottom (but no females seen).

Prothorax dull metallic green with anterior and posterior lobes, and middle of mid-lobe pale yellow. Synthorax metallic emerald-green on dorsum. Sides dull green with a yellow stripe on each side of the mesepimeron, whole of metepimeron yellow.

"in hand" shot for better view of the thorax

Abdomen very long and slender, yellowish ventrally. S1-2 metallic green on dorsum, S3-7 dull reddish with greenish tinge at intersegmental sutures. S8 dull green. S9-10 whitish-grey pruinescent on dorsum.

Anal appendages blackish ; superiors slightly longer than segment 10, forcipate, broad at base with, on the inner side, a short, robust, quadrate process. Inferior appendages much shorter, rudimentary, tipped with stiff yellowish hairs, without obvious spine(s) in lateral view (unlike M. haui and M. distans, the 2 other Megalestes known in Vietnam).
 Dorso-lateral view

 Lateral view

 Dorsal view

 Ventral view

M. micans is known from China (Sichuan, Yunnan), northwestern Vietnam and northeastern India (Assam).
In Vietnam, this species has been recorded at only a handful of sites in Lao Cai and Lai Chau Provinces.

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