Spot the insect!

Reader Robert sent a photo that hides some insects (I don’t know where they all are). How many can you spot?

Robert’s notes:

A slightly unusual entry for your consideration: This is the “Spot the insect” display at the Oxford University Museum for Natural History, used to show the gradual steps in the evolution of camouflage. I think it’s the same one used by Richard Dawkins in his 1991 Royal Institution Christmas lecture.

The full display has 30 insects in it, but this is only a part, and I’m not sure myself how many there are – I count seven.

I haven’t tried yet, but it’s a good way to kills some time on a lazy Friday afternoon. Click on the photo to isolate and enlarge it.


  1. Posted March 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I found him instantly,,,yay me!!

  2. Posted March 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I can only see six.

  3. Paul S
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I thought i had 5 but I think one might be a stick.

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I have 7. 1 is mainly a symmetrical lump, but it has to be a bug.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted March 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      7, definitely now. The lump actually has good-sized wings.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I got 12…divided by 2. 😉

  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Seven – the smallest of the seven is only 1/3 the length of the yellow beetle & is more than half hidden under a leaf

    An eighth one which is probably a leaf

    I keep thinking there’s a master-of-disguise stick insect in there somewhere, but the candidate I have for that is such a silly arrangement [‘legs’ all at one end] that I’m not counting it in my seven

  7. Posted March 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Seven, if one is small and partially obscured by leaf matter.

  8. Posted March 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Six, so far. Some of the readers throw the image to big screens, I’m sure. [sniff]

    • Posted March 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      This one won’t double click to enlarge, but you can zoom in on any computer.

      • Posted March 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        I was being petulant that I was unsuccessful to find the seventh. 😉

      • Posted March 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

        I right clicked it to “open in a new tab” and that did the trick.

  9. ploubere
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink


  10. Posted March 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Five for sure, one identification is a maybe. I like such picture puzzles, it’s amazing when at the first look there seems to be nothing to see and then, the more intensively one looks, the hidden objects, one after the other, emerge from the background.

  11. rickflick
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm | Permalink


  12. dd
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I see 6?

  13. Christopher Bonds
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I found about a half dozen; but clicking on the photo did nothing to isolate/enlarge it.

    • rickflick
      Posted March 3, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I’m on Chrome. I found that by right click open in new tab works.

      • Christopher Bonds
        Posted March 8, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

        Yes, I use Chrome also. I’ll remember your tip!

  14. nicky
    Posted March 3, 2018 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Six, and a suspected the seventh, mostly under a leave.

  15. Pierluigi Ballabeni
    Posted March 3, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I had five but I did not try longer than 10 seconds.

  16. klf
    Posted March 3, 2018 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Six for sure, one with wings (dragon fly?). Seventh is eluding me, any hints?

  17. Mike
    Posted March 3, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I only detect six, of which one is a hemipteran, two are lepidopterans and three coleopterans (of which the smallest I think is a click beetle).

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