Google adds 23 insects to its AR animals search feature

Just look up the bug on Google and tap 'View in 3D'

Google AR insects

Google added another round of critters to its augmented reality (AR) animals feature. If you’re a fan of bugs, there are now 23 insects you can view in 3D.

The search giant has been hard at work over the last year adding all kinds of cool 3D objects to its AR Search features. The insects join dinosaurs, animals and objects like an astronaut suit.

Like the others, users can quickly access these new AR critters by looking them up on Google. Look for a big card that shows a 3D model of the insect and tap the ‘View in 3D’ button to check it out. From there, you can tap ‘View in your space’ to place the bug in your room using AR.

This should work on most modern Android phones and iOS devices. On Android, you’ll need a device with ARCore support — check out a full list of support phones here. For iOS, any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 or later should work. You’ll need a supported browser as well, and while most should work, your safest bets are Chrome on both platforms and Safari on iOS.

Below is a list of all the supported bugs:

  • Atlas beetle
  • Atlas moth
  • Brown cicada
  • Dragonfly
  • Evening cicada
  • Firefly (choose the insect, not the movie)
  • Giant stag
  • Grasshopper
  • Hercules beetle
  • Hornet
  • Jewel beetle
  • Ladybug (select the insect, not the movie)
  • Mantis
  • Miyama stag beetle
  • Morpho butterfly
  • Periodical cicada
  • Robust cicada (search ‘Hyalessa maculaticollis’ if you don’t get the card)
  • Rosalia batesi (at time of writing, card didn’t show up but was accessible through other insects)
  • Rhinoceros beetle
  • Shining ball scarab beetle (search ‘Leiodidae’ if you don’t get the card)
  • Stag beetle
  • Swallowtail butterfly
  • Walker’s cicada (search ‘Meimuna opalifera’ if you don’t get the card)

Source: Android Police