Spot the dragonfly!

July 9, 2020 • 8:15 am

Here’s a photo from Robert Seidel, asking us to spot the dragonfly. Click to enlarge the photo; reveal at 11 a.m. Chicago time today. Robert’s note:

I believe this is a female emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator), rightly described as “bulky” by the website I used to check – this one was as large as my palm. It also says they don’t perch often, and I wonder if she knew what she was doing by choosing those plants that have a similar pattern to her thorax.

Can you see it? I’d judge this as “medium difficult.”



15 thoughts on “Spot the dragonfly!

    1. I also found it by enlarging the photo and I wonder if that counts or is it considered cheating.

  1. Got it – as others have noted it is quite easy to spot in the enlarged image, very difficult in the ordinary sized version.

  2. Got it pretty much as soon as I zoomed in on the photo “actual size”. It’s almost impossible to see on my computer in the photo as it appears in my browser even when you know where it is.

  3. Much easier than many. Pretty much jumped out at me, but it was in an orientation and perspective that my brain can recognize. A different orientation and I would likely have searched and not found it.

  4. My yard is currently hosting a surplus of these little characters. They appear to enjoy the relatively breeze-free conditions early in the morning and evening. I have no idea how they managed the heavy rains we have had. My cat enjoys them as well, although I have no idea how he is able to catch them.

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