Identification forums


Common frog, Rana temporaria

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
  • Clouded yellow butterfly
    Bug forum

    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.

  • Bladder wrack, Fucus vesiculosus
    On the seashore identification forum

    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?

  • Shepherd's crown echinoid, Micraster coranguinum (Leske)
    Fossils and rocks identification forum

    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.

  • Field vole bones from an owl pellet
    Bones, teeth and skulls identification forum

    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.

  • Common frog, Rana temporia
    All animal life identification forum

    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.

  • Silverfish, Lepisma saccharina
    Your habitat - home and garden species identification forum

    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.

  • Cowslips, Primula veris, in the wildlife garden at the Museum
    Plant identification forum

    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.

  • Vegetation from La Amistad Binational Park in Central America
    Foreign finds identification forum

    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.

Latest posts in the identification forums

  • Re: Petal structure query

    Hi Jen, a. Interesting to know a bit about your background / current interest. b. Interest...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:17:43

  • Re: Petal structure query

    Hi both,as floral morphology is currently my field of study may I add to this a little...?I agree wi...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:57:09

  • Re: Help with spider identification

    Yes, S. grossa.
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:25:29

  • Re: Small skull found - but what is it?

    Thanks guys - found the post about a 'snake skull' that was almost identical, so I know I have a phe...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:13

  • Small skull found - but what is it?

    Hi! My husband found this under our shed whilst working to repair the wall.  I cannot seem...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:50:57

  • Re: What spider?

    Thanks for your reply. I've been reading contradicting stuff on google so a bit confused. Do these b...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:22:36

  • Re: Petal structure query

    Tess, I didn't realize those spots were raised. In that case, I think there is a possibility th...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:17:25

  • Re: Petal structure query

    Thanks for the response Mike.I didn't think this was simple patterning as 1 the structures were rais...
    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:28:40

Identification experts

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.