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Photograph of the brightly coloured and patterned Jersey tiger moth, Euplagia quadripunctaria, found in the museum Wildlife Garden.

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Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth 15 minutes ago in Moths by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Need help identifying animal teeth! 4 hours ago in Identification by rmarie123 rmarie123
Re: Is this a bone? If so can anyone identify it? 4 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Dr T Dr T
Naturally formed metal or not? 5 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by garymunro garymunro
Re: What are these? Walked out and found under tree 5 hours ago in Identification by petery petery
Re: unknown fossils 5 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: A wall, built by nature? 5 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Fossil wood? 6 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: What predated the wasp nest? 6 hours ago in Your habitat - home and garden by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: is this a biscuit beetle or furniture beetle? 6 hours ago in Bug forum by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a fossil or preserved oyster shell? 6 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by garymunro garymunro
Re: Fossil identification 17 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Is This a Black Slip Wasp 17 hours ago in All animal life by Weevil62 Weevil62
Re: Echinoid ID?  Charmouth Beach 18 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: Fossil ID 18 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Steve84 Steve84
Re: Is this a fossil within slate? 19 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Identification of rock ? Fossil 20 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Redcar Beach find today - what is it please? 20 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Lots of seashells and some interesting rocks. 20 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Rock with lines 20 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Are these Ganoderma 20 hours ago in Plants by petery petery
Re: Fossilised wood ? Bone? 20 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Giant Millipede cousins 21 hours ago in All animal life by TM TM
Re: A rock with lots of holes? 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Interesting Spider. UK 1 day ago in Bug forum by Wildviews Wildviews

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