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

This happens more than I care to admit. I work so hard to get the tiny mites/springtails etc in focus, that I miss everything else. Saw this beautiful Snout Mite and only at home saw the giant next to it! And I love weevils, how did I miss it?


I didn’t even see the Silver-spotted Skipper when I was taking the photos of the New Mexico Locust. Once I noticed him, though, he got his own observation.


I obsereved these leaf-spot galls on a greenbriar:

[image description] A greenbriar leaf with numerous circular brown-and-tan spots [end image description]

I’m so used to seeing Smilax rotundifolia everywhere, I didn’t think much of it, as I was focused on the lifer galls, and especially excited to have observed an undescribed species (Meunieriella on-smilax). Well, while I was adding observation fields to other observations of the same gall, along comes @graytreefrog and comments that this is a seldom-observed species of Smilax. Looking again – and consulting Petrides – I notice the conspicuous absence of the painful thorns that characterize S. rotundifolia, and that the leaves, although the same shape as those of S. rotundifolia, are not leathery. It is Smilax walteri – a lifer Smilax for me, that I would have missed if not for the observant eyes of another iNat user.


I didn’t evenn notice at first when I was taking photos of this Eastern Box Turtle that it had a Twin-flagged Jumping Spider hitching a ride on it’s back!



Fun! Did you add a new observation for the spider?

I realized there were Cyathus in this photo (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/181139917) that I totally overlooked when I was taking it! There are also tons and tons of mosses, liverworts, and lichens in many of my photos what I’m simply too ignorant to recognize. Someday, I’ll need to take a lichens/bryophytes class.

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There’s an entire cormorant in this turtle photo!IMG_3187


I got so focused on the Rosy Pussytoes that I didn’t see the bluet sitting on the log. I’m not usually oblivious to odes!


Good point. I need to do that. There are never enough spider observations, especially identifiable ones…

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couple hidden canadian geese here amongst the comorants


four bugs sharing the same flower!

a teensy little crab spider with its prey (some caterpillar?) above a wasp as well as a goldenrod soldier beetle to the left!