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

Such a fun thread to read through!

I recently also had one of these. I have never seen adder’s-tongue ferns (Ophioglossum vulgatum), so last summer I spent many hours walking along the shores around here (northern Sweden) as it reportedly grows commonly on shoreline meadows at the northern baltic sea. I found many other interesting plants and animals, but no adder’s-tongues, or so I thought at least. Last week I was going through my plant observations from the summer, and lo and behold I had Ophioglossum in a photo of another species (Arctic silverweed, Argentina anserina groenlandica). I didn’t see them when I was crouching down photographing other plants, and I didn’t see them when I uploaded the photos to iNat, only now, several months later when randomly going through this year’s observations. Makes me wonder how many other “hidden” observations I potentially have.

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I wanted to see s Chirruping Wedgebill for over 20 years, visited remote national parks where it was advertised to be found (not just for this bird) and all I got is a single call. There is no point fretting over missing out. If a bird wants their photo taken, they will show up. If a park is too quiet, I might shout “No more birds!” once or twice. It works sometimes.

Here we are, at a botanical display in Living Desert State Park, Broken Hill. Everything is planted so take some shots of rock formations, a bird or two, postcards and selfies.
I took some photos of Zebra Finches as we head back to the car. Once I had a look at the photos on a bigger screen, there is the Chirruping Wedgebill, photobombing.

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If I had to guess I’d say it’s just some sort of Chironomus species, probably a buzzer midge.

Would you mind reviewing my Culicomorpha with much better photos?
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=153429&user_id=lappelbaum&verifiable=any

sure.

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Another fly hidden on wings

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This whole thread makes me smile!

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This crab spider hiding in between the rudbeckia petals, didn’t even notice it until the other day.


https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/194661713

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A roe deer hiding in the grass in the top right corner. Of course I was photographing the crane and only saw it when processing the photos.


https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/194767731
I uploaded it to the “ignore the elephant seal”-project

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Springtail in snail photo. Wish I had taken this snail photo with my macro camera instead of my cell phone. It would have given me a lot more pixels for the springtail.
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full size snail photo: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/345289534?size=original
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The color pattern reminds me of Sminthurus maculatus, but the species only seems to be known from Europe. From a quick browse through the galleries at collembola.org, I didn’t find anything else that looks likely, however. (The author of the website is active on bugguide, I believe. If you have an account it might be worthwhile posting the photo there.)

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https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/123784290

Find the fly. Had no idea this little one was hiding in the picture.

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I did, but first I had to realize that you didn’t mean the green bee.

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Yes definitely not the very obvious bee in the middle :laughing::sweat_smile:

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My contribution: another spider hiding in the vegetation. In retrospect, I wish I had seen the spider when I took the photo, but probably was too occupied with getting the dragonfly in focus to notice it. I wonder if the dragonfly knew that it was there…

Sympetrum flaveolum and (most likely) a juvenile Dolomedes. Picture is cropped to emphasize the spider.

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I saw this while triaging photos from a Lamium album observation :

Looks like someone was waving at me to get its photo taken too :-D

Which I did, but only because I saw it moving after I finished observing the plant : on the field I didn’t see the “waving” in the photo of the plant.
Ironically, I couldn’t get a good photo of him on the plant because he didn’t stop until he reached my finger on the leaf I was holding to stabilize the plant in the wind. Go figure…

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I’ve been reviewing my observations recently and found this bee hiding out unfocused on the right!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/198337193

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Recently I was going through some older fungal observations when I noticed this little guy had positioned himself perfectly in the center of this puffball mushroom

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I’m the complete opposite! When I put basic ID’s on unknowns, I’ll mark them as ‘Dicot’ or ‘Monocot’ only to realize after someone else’ ID that there was a bird or bee or something right in the middle of the picture that I completely missed. I’m such a plant nerd… :)

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Found some Poison Sumac (everyone hates it, but I think it’s cool) in the background of photos of Larix laricina at a fen.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/198094150

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