Did you know you can rotate and magnify all the insects in this app and see any body part in super detail?

Kids will be mesmerized as you talk about insects and simultaneously rotate to any body part to point it out. Even the tiniest hands can look at insects without the risk of crushing them.

It is interactive, fun, and makes learning easier. The details are amazing because the scans are of real-life insects.

Use this app as a creative tool in the classroom. Don't be surprised if your students are so engaged that they end up teaching each other. This app provides a safe online learning environment for students and kids.

See some classroom activities which inspire.

Appropriate for summer camp, 4H, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Pre-school, Kindergarten and Elementary school. Play with the demo below then go to the Insects 3D Spin - General app for a dozen more.

What people are saying and sharing.

"My Science people will love this!"

- Michelle B
Branson School District, Director of Instruction who loves technology integration! USA

"Kids can learn about the insect world and it is FUN. Check out this site"

- Esther W
Founded the Palo Alto High School Journalism program, Educator/Education Tech Consultant, San francisco

"Very Cool!"

- Keith S
Director of Library Services for the School District of Marinette. Award winning tech guru.

"Amazing stuff you have there!"

- Peter V
Teacher, Journalist, Columnist in BC Catholic Newspaper , Technology Enthusiast, Prime Minister's Award for Science and Technology Education, Canada

"This will be a student favorite"

- Louise L
M.Ed. Instructional Design, Certified Google Educator; District Technology Facilitator, Wyoming USA

"Insect collection and study will never be the same!"

- Laurie F
University of Nebraska, Instructor

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Ph.D Ecologist, Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Politico, and Climate Central

"Science teachers??"

- Blair L
Instructor IB Economics & Business at Mont Kiara International School Malaysia

"Excellent presentation you are helping who want to educate themselves with insects around them!"

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Badin, Pakistan

"3D Spinning Insect Library @Blackhole Collections looks like a great education tool!"

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- Maria C
Puebla, Mexico

"Nothing replaces going outside and collecting bugs but looks interesting nonetheless"

- Claire H
Wetland Biologist; Parametrix, Seattle

Try dragging on the demo insect

Have fun exploring the insect below. You can see its actual size by clicking the life-size button or measure the width of a single hair with the measure tool.

Tool Bar Help

  Rotate, Click this tool then move the mouse overtop of the insect:
With the mouse overtop of the insect, Press-hold the mouse button and drag to rotate   up / down / left / right

Zoom, Click this tool then move the mouse overtop of the insect:
Hold the mouse button and drag to zoom-in, or
Click the mouse button without dragging to zoom-out, or
Use the mouse-wheel to zoom in or out
    (tip: keep dragging small boxes to zoom-in more and more)

Pan, Click this tool then move the mouse overtop of the insect:
Hold the mouse button and drag

Measure, Click this tool then move the mouse overtop of the insect:
Hold the mouse button and drag to measure a length

Help, click this tool to see these instructions

Keyboard Notes

Keyboard Controls

     (tip: first click the insect for keyboard-presses to work)

    Press keyboard "arrows" to rotate left/right/up/down

    Hold keyboard "Shift" then "arrows" to zoom in or out
    Press keyboard #1 to zoom-out to Life-Size
    Press keyboard #0 to zoom-in to Maximum Quality

    Hold "Ctrl" then "arrows" to pan left/right/up/down

    Press keyboard "S" to display the current magnification

Computers Supported

Supported Systems (no plugins are required)

If you are having a problem with any one of these systems,
email us at support@BlackholeCollections.org

If you use a different computer system, submit a support request by emailing your computer details.

Visual Definitions, click any underlined-word-with-a-magnifying-glass to rotate-to and zoom-in on the definition of that word. Wow...

This is a Weevil or Snout Beetle. As you can see from its profile, it has a very well defined snout or as scientists call it, the rostrum. At the end of the rostrum is where all eating and munching of plants takes place.

Another characteristic of weevils is their elbowed antennae. If you spin this guy around and zoom in on his nose area, you can see how the antennae come straight out of his snout, then curves just like an elbow where the segmented antennae then begins.

Many weevils feed on plants and roots. Some are considered pests while others are even responsible for the pollination of plants like Palm Oil. They tend to be slow movers and will play dead if you threaten them in any way.

Insects 3D Spin

The app includes a dozen common backyard insects to explore (rotate, magnify and measure)

Bring the excitement of microscopes to a large group of students without the risk of damage or high cost.

Click here to jump to the Insects 3D Spin app's home page and get started.

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