Welcome to the Museum's identification forum where amateur naturalists and experts can ask questions about all aspects of UK biodiversity. You can share identification tips on UK plants, animals, rocks and minerals, and Museum experts will help to answer your queries and identify your specimens.
Whether you've found a strange looking insect in your garden, or uncovered a fossil on the beach, this is the place to find out more about it. Simply choose the relevant forum below and ask your question.Identification forums
Ask questions and share identification tips about all types of British bugs, from bees to beetles and wasps to woodlice. Museum insect-experts are on hand to answer your questions.
Discuss seashore life and ask the experts for help identifying your finds including seaweeds, crabs, shells and animal bones. What unusual life might you find?
Fossils are a key to finding out about species that lived in the past. If you find a rock or fossil you would like to know more about, post your question here and our experts may be able to help.
It can be quite a challenge to identify which part of the skeleton a bone belongs to, but our experts may be able to help. If you find a bone, tooth or skull then ask your question here.
Animal life is very diverse and includes everything from snails to snakes, elephants to echinoderms, badgers to bitterns, and squirrels to sun-stars. Ask Museum experts for help identifying them.
We share our homes, gardens and local areas with all sorts of creatures from the natural world. Find out what wildlife you could be living with and let us help you identify it.
Post your photos here and ask questions about British plants, from seaweeds to sundews and bluebells to bracken. Museum experts will help identify them for you.
Holidays or visits abroad bring new opportunities to observe nature, and to look for species you might not find at home. Tell us about the interesting creatures you discover outside the UK.
Thank you Mike, I will do and hopefully, report back with their reply. Thanks for the links an...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:38:16
I suggest you contact one of the authors of this paperStewart B. Peck, Joyce Cook, Jerry D. Hardy Jr...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:28:18
Hi Louie.Sadly not as Mike has explained, I also found a couple of Septarian Nodules that looked lik...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:42:24
That's what I call a link Mike!I wish all the specimens that we find on the Holderness were as good ...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:14:49
Hi Fairydust, nice finds! good eye.Mike is 'spot on' as usuall.Don't know if they would cut and poli...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:09:51
Thank you for your informative reply, at least now I feel we are going in the right direction as reg...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:44:07
I'm pretty sure this is one of the rhino beetles.I would lean towards Xylotrupes, but it is not meso...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:51:12
I'm pretty sure it is a flying ant.That is a regular ant at the winged stage.Which species, I couldn...
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:12:10
A team of Museum scientists who run the Identification and Advisory Service will help to answer your identification queries. They work in the new Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity.
Their special interests include fossils, rocks, plants, insects and other creatures.