What's that bug? How to identify any plant or animal with your smartphone

By Emily Chung, CBC News, July 18, 2019

Have you ever seen a weird plant or bug in your garden and wondered what it was? Many nature apps can help you identify just about any plant or animal using the camera on your smartphone.

"I think it's really cool to have your eyes open to the incredible variety of species that are around us every day," says Carrie Seltzer, who works for iNaturalist, one of the most popular apps of this kind, with more than 640,000 users around the world.

She says even the average lawn or the cracks in the sidewalk are teeming with a lot more species than just grass.


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