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.
Hi there! Thanks for posting this enquiry.I think that they are beetle larvae known as 'wooly bears'...
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:44:31
Tonight I moved some clothes from my floor and found 3 'things', 2 baby ones and this larger one...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:39:57
Looks a bit like Ambergris, produced by the digestive system of whales. If it is you could be rich a...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:29:18
I've recently found a few of these flying around my garden and in my kitchen. Any ideas as to what i...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:20:03
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:30
It's the exoskeleton of a Heart Urchin, Echinocardium cordatum.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinoca...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:20:07
Found on devon cliffs beach, seems to be made of bone and is hollow, looks like it has a slot for so...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:57:19
Hi John, They hop and walk, but it's been ages since I last handled or even watched an adult, s...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:58:32
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.