Category Archives: spot the nightjar (and other beasts)

Spot the shore crab!

by Matthew Cobb From the tw*tter feed of Martin Stevens, who started the whole ‘spot the’ business with his work on nightjars, here’s a cracker. I have no idea where the pesky crustacean is… Spot the shore crab. #colsci pic.twitter.com/wRdfZs9GfP — Martin Stevens (@SensoryEcology) January 13, 2017

Here’s the mantis!

Here’s the reveal from the “find the mantis” photo that Mark Sturtevant submitted earlier today. Did you find it?

Spot the mantis!

Here’s the first “spot the” for 2017, and it comes from reader Mark Sturtevant. His note and photo: It has been an age since I did one of these. Can the readers of WEIT spot the praying mantis? As with one of the others I did, this is probably a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) that […]

Here’s the frogfish!

This morning’s post showed a bizarre frogfish, but there was a hidden one in there, too—perhaps the male mate of the obvious one. Reader Carl sent both the photo and the reveal (below). Did you spot the smaller one? Here it is—tail up:

Spot the second frogfish!

Reader Carl sent us what I think is our first underwater “Spot the. . . ” feature. I’ll reveal the answer at noon Chicago time. First, Carl’s notes (indented), and then the photo: It seems the “Find the —” appeals to many of us, although with well camo’d critters, I’m generally trying to demonstrate their presence […]

Here’s the moose!

Did you spot the moose from the photograph posted at noon? Here it is, circled. And after it ran away (I didn’t show you that one, but the difference between the two photos clearly tells you where the moose is):  

Spot the moose!

Reader Roger Sorensen sent a “spot the moose” photo with this note: These were taken along the Minnesota north shore at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (near Finland, MN), May 2016. A friend and I were at Raven Lake looking at pitcher plants and heard a crashing up the slope. There was the moose [Alces […]

Spot the three caterpillars!

This (from a tw**t by John Horstman) isn’t very hard at all, but it does show the crypsis that never gets old to me: h/t: Matthew Cobb

Here’s the reptile! (It’s a gecko)

Earlier today I put up a tw**t from Ollie Wearn that had this picture in it. Your job was to find the reptile. Did you? Here it is: And enlargements from Ollie’s recent tweet: Yes, folks, it’s a leaf-tailed gecko in the genus Uroplatus, and one cryptic mother! Members of this genus are some of […]

Spot the reptile!

I’m having my biannual tooth cleaning this morning, so posting will be light until later. Instead of readers’ wildlife, then, I’ll post something sent by Matthew Cobb, who actually reads Twi**er.  Here’s a tw**t in which a reptile is hidden; I’ve extracted the picture and put it below in larger format. Can you spot the […]