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.
Hello Ruby768,I'd say that's an Araneus diadematus, more commonly known as the Garden or Cross Spide...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:27:18
You're probably quite correct, Wortmaggot. We don't get many in Scotland and I have never seen a rea...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:33:48
Hi again, I think the best way to tell is to crack it open, then you will be Able to see if it ...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:30:38
I did think about that. But then I thought at 60cm, it is more likely to be the greater. The brown s...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:20:28
I agree with Wortmaggot, although it could be the lesser spotted......?
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:15:00
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:02:48
I dissagree with wortmaggot. An egg which is over 60cm has simply never existed. I am ju...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:58:20
I think this may be the egg of the greater spotted Ballooninflatus papiermaché bird. Seen qui...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:54:43
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.