Giant Bug Found in Germany in Google Earth

[UPDATE: the photo with the bug is no longer found in the Google Earth image database, so you won’t see it if you follow the link in this article.]
Giant Bug in Google EarthBack in April, a Google Earth Community member called ‘SammyOfKassel’ posted a placemark showing a gigantic, nearly 50 meter-long, bug in Google Earth (an aerial photo) in Gemany. A GEC moderator called ‘Hill’ noted this was most likely an insect called a “thrips” which is normally only about a mm long. No, this isn’t a giant mutant bug…it is actually a normal sized insect which happened to be on the negative of the aerial photo before it was scanned. But, it’s fun to look at and make a story out of.
Google Sightseeing recently picked up on the find and I’m now seeing some other blog entries discussing the “Giant” bug. There’s so much data in Google Earth, you’re bound to find all kinds of interesting things.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Haha, thats good stuff. I’ll show my friend and he’ll freak out.

  2. That is hilarious. Reminds me of the first computers which used mechanical parts to compute data and when they got a bug in their programing it was actually a bug. I wonder if photographers call it the same.

  3. A good safe product for kids is Baby Insect Repellent. Thanks for the awesome blog! 🙂

  4. great picture! i also saw another google picture from space where one house in a suburban town had a jet plane parked in the backyard while another picture showed the silhouette of of a sunken ship lying on its side at the bottom of a river
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  5. well im from germany, have not seen it 😉

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