Observations "hiding" in other observations; Share your examples!

He’s got a friend on his butt!

The other day I spotted this really cool planthopper (Desudaba sp., I think) on a eucalypt. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the line of eggs on the tree trunk!


Not really hiding, but absolutely did not see the hawk that flushed the teals until I got home


Found a springtail in my fungus observation
fungus: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/145553567
springtail: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/145553566


Can you identify the fish carried by the bird?



I stumbled upon this observation from 2018, because I mis-clicked the back button from an adjacent observation I was reviewing.

But I noticed a planthopper and possibly a spider or stinkbug molt (?).


The pictures I shot of this Tricolored Heron hunting had a less-than-ideal perspective and light angle, requiring a fair amount of processing. I did not properly review these pictures for almost two years. Then I discovered, or possibly rediscovered, that the heron had caught a fish.


The fish looks like either a killifish (from the body shape and barring) or Poecilidae (from the anal fin).


At first I was just thrilled that I could get so close to this wasp… then I noticed the spider legs on its back. In the last photo there is a bit more to see of the spider. I finally duplicated the observation.
Bembix oculata https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56671934
Thomisus onustus https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/148052051


I was about to take a pic of the White-Tail Deer when she suddenly lift her head and look up to the right, I couldn’t pass this on so I took the pic. (Red Fox hiding in the bushes).


I was going through a folder of archival photos, now that I know how to check for the date that they were taken. I came upon this Orontium aquaticum (Golden Club).

In order to be able to upload it as an observation, it was then a matter of cross-referencing the date which the system told me with the same date in my Grinnell journals, to get the location. On the date in question, the only reference to Orontium aquaticum read,

Continued down trail, emerging at Cypress Stump Picnic Area at 1357. A cricket frog perched on Orontium aquaticum.

So now I had a location.

…aaaaaaand some of you have already noticed where this is going. This picture is all wrong in proportions for iNat, and needs to be cropped. As I prepared to crop off the bottom, I found the frog:

Since the frog is mentioned in the journal entry, I must have noticed it at the time; but all the times I looked at the picture since then, I assumed that it was just a picture of Golden Club, didn’t remember or notice the frog and only now re-discovered it.


I saw that observation! Never realized he wasn’t the main subject :rofl:, I guess he’s just photogenic.

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I was so focused on the adorably grumpy expression worn by this juvenile Rufous male, that I didn’t notice the yellowjacket trying to sneak a drink.

Full observation with other images is here.


Found them only at home, on monitor.

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Thank you! I should’ve realized that it was too small for a murder bee, but after finding out the hard way that I’m allergic to Hymenoptera venom, my brain reacts to those stripe patterns in much the same way as Daffy Duck reacts to Bugs Bunny. Which, really, is the point of developing those stripe patterns in the first place. :grin:

(Interestingly, hoverflies in person don’t trigger that reaction; in fact, I like having them in the garden, along with all of the native bees and honeybees.)


Don’t have a photo yet as I’m having trouble uploading photos from my camera to my computer, but when photographing a white-throated sparrow I apparently also captured some sort of warbler (possibly a lifer for me!!!) which I only realized while reviewing the photos.

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I was photographing those two cranes and only at home I discovered a common pheasant hen photobombed them. Not just photobombed, it seems she wanted to be the main subject of my photo.

Observation: 54920733


Well, I got the photo… it was a female goldfinch… Oops!

I took this photo, looked at the plant again, and then did a double take. Can you see our little friend hiding in the photo?

Click to see who our little friend is!