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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: 'Little Apple' tree in Croatia 50 minutes ago in Identification by lucy lucy
Re: Please could you help me identify this? 2 hours ago in Identification by R R
Re: Does anyone know what this rock is?  I found it in my garden.  The circular pattern continues through the rock.  This piece is a bit bigger than a basket ball.  Most of the rock round here is sandstone 7 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Alice Alice
Re: Wasp ID please. 8 hours ago in Bug forum by nomad nomad
Re: Spider identification please. 10 hours ago in Bug forum by Honeysuckle76 Honeysuckle76
Re: Bone found on beach 23 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Ladylu Ladylu
Re: Possible plant fossil ID help! 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Longhorn Beetle ID please. 1 day ago in Beetles by nomad nomad
Re: Can anyone identify cocoon please? 1 day ago in Identification by peterc peterc
Re: Amber type find 1 day ago in On the seashore by Ladylu Ladylu
Re: Puzzling tree 1 day ago in Identification by MarkP MarkP
Re: What creature is this bone from 2 days ago in Identification by KatiesFind KatiesFind
Re: Mystery Fruit Tree 2 days ago in Trees by lucy lucy
Re: Wild Service tree query 2 days ago in Trees by Epiphany Epiphany
Re: Spider with Babies - ID and 'Tactics'? 2 days ago in Spiders by Desy Desy
Re: Unidentified beetle 2 days ago in Beetles by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Re: Wasp beetle / Plagionotus detritus? Found in Scotland. 2 days ago in Beetles by flecc flecc
Re: Female stag beetle or male lesser stag beetle? 2 days ago in Bug forum by flecc flecc
Re: Can you help my little boy identify his finds? 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: Longhorn Beetle 2 days ago in Beetles by AmandaB AmandaB
Laying eggs or eating a worm-like creature? 2 days ago in All animal life by Pixels On The Rocks Pixels On The Rocks
Re: Unusual tree- can you help? 3 days ago in Trees by lucy lucy
Re: Please may someone help identify this caterpillar? 3 days ago in Caterpillars by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Is this a burdock? 3 days ago in Plants by lucy lucy
What sort of fly is this 3 days ago in Bug forum by AthroughZ AthroughZ

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