Category Archives: spot the nightjar (and other beasts)

Here’s the M&M!

Did you spot it? It wasn’t too hard, and here’s the reveal:

Spot the M&M!

Since today is National M&M Day, we have an appropriate quiz. Below is a photo of that worst of all confections, candy corn (otherwise known as “sugared paraffin”). In this picture is a single M&M. Can you spot it? I’ll put the reveal up in two hours. Hint: clearly the M&M has one of the […]

Spot the toad bug!

Did you know that “toad bugs” existed? And that they look like their namesake, as you can see in the photo below (if you can find it!)? Toad bugs are “true bugs”—in the order Hemiptera—and comprise about 100 species in the family Gelastocoridae. They’re also toadlike in that they are predators who hang around the banks […]

Readers’ wildlife photos; special “spot the. . . ” edition

Reader Tony Eales from Oz sent some camouflaged arthropods. These aren’t all that hard to see, as they were specially photographed to show the beast, but the photos do underscore the wonders of natural selection. His notes are indented: Camouflage. A series of the cryptic to the near invisible. First is a geometrid moth caterpillar. […]

Here are the ducks!

Did you find the 11 ducks in this morning’s photo by Robert Seidel? Here’s the reveal. The ducks are circled, and within each circle the number of ducks are (from left to right): 1, 7, 1, 1, and 1.

Spot the ducks!

Reader Robert Seidel gives us a puzzle after my own heart: There are 11 ducks (Anas platyrhynchos, of course) in this picture – can you find them all? The buildings are the Salzspeicher in Lübeck, Northern Germany. The reveal will be up at 11 a.m. Chicago time. Now find those ducks—ALL of them! Click on the photo to […]

Here’s the jumping spider!

Did you spot the jumping spider photographed by Tony Eales? Here’s the reveal, and I have to say the little critter is pretty cryptic.

Spot the jumping spider!

Reader Tony Eales in Australia sent us a “spot the. . . ” puzzle. His notes are indented: I love the complex habitats on things as seemingly bare as tree trunks. The dark resinous rough grooved bark of Ironbark trees have many masters of camouflage. One is this dark little jumping spider. By now you […]

Spot the tabby!

It’s Leon, whom I visited, along with his staff, at the site of their future home. Can you see him? This one is pretty easy, so if you haven’t spotted the most recent ones, this is a palliative. No reveal needed.

Spot the lorikeet!

Reader Tony Eales from Australia photographed a Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) in a tree. Can you spot it? As this one isn’t too hard, I’ll put the reveal below the fold.  But be sure you give it the old college try before you click on “read more”.