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The NaturePlus Forums will be offline from mid August 2018. The content has been saved and it will always be possible to see and refer to archived posts, but not to post new items. This decision has been made in light of technical problems with the forum, which cannot be fixed or upgraded.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the very great success of the forums and to the community spirit there. We plan to create new community features and services in the future so please watch this space for developments in this area. In the meantime if you have any questions then please email:

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A colourful rose chafer beetle photographed in Sri Lanka.

Seen something unusual on your holidays or don't live in the UK? Trips abroad or living outside the UK provide opportunities to observe nature and discover species you might not find at home and we would love to hear about your interesting discoveries.

Although our scientists in the ID team specialise in UK species, try uploading your photographs and they will have a go at identifying your stranger specimens. Make sure you tell us when and where in the world you took your shots.

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