Spot the dragonfly!

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 Comments

  1. cicely berglund
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Got it!

  2. Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    EZ PZ

    • Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Probably seems that way only because that snake one was so damn hard.

  3. Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Got it. This is an impressive species, similar to our green darner over here.

  4. GBJames
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Nice and easy.

  5. J Cook
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    When the photo is enlarged the d’fly stands right out. Otherwise invisible.

    • Art Rigsby
      Posted July 9, 2020 at 10:33 am | Permalink

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

  6. Billywindsock
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Strange, but that was the easiest one I’ve seen. Maybe I have an eye for dragonflies.

  7. Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

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

  8. Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    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.

  9. enl
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    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.

  10. Rick Bannister
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    That was exactly the same as my experience.

    • Rick Bannister
      Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      This was intended to be to express agreement with post #5 by J Cook

  11. Peter
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    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.

  12. Dragon
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Found it. Had to make the picture bigger for my old eyes.


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