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 Not much help, sorry, it appears to be a fractured leg bone your pictures show the soc...
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:32:11
ok thanks. i got it identified though and it was a celery fly!
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:17:20
Hello Teresa, Welcome to NaturePlus. Good picture! It's just missing a scale or other indicatio...
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:19:37
Hello David, Welcome to NaturePlus.I would say this is either a queen wasp or possibly queen ho...
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:59:09
I had the same problem. In any case it is best to contact the experts. For example, when I need help...
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:13:03
It's a Hornet queen, Vespa crabro. It's covered in some powder so I wonder where she's been.Florin
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:29:42
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:55:50
This was found in the garden today. My children so want it to be a Dinosaur :-)! And so do I.
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:01:35
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.