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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: Bird Identification 2 hours ago in All animal life by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Long jawed orb weaver? 3 hours ago in Spiders by Lucanus123 Lucanus123
Re: Fossil identification please 7 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by kt kt
Re: I needhelp to identify this rock. It weighs about 190kg, it is 130cm long and 40cm high 10 hours ago in Identification by Fiona - Museum ID team Fiona - Museum ID team
Re: Is this quartz?? 11 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: Help to identify stone/ fossil :s 11 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: Bone found on beach... 11 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: I found this bone on the beach can someone help I'd? 12 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Help to identify possible sperm whale tooth 12 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Unidentified tooth - found on Thames foreshore 12 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Very large mystery tooth 12 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Please help ID this bug 12 hours ago in Bug forum by abm abm
Re: Any ideas 2..? 16 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by CJC CJC
Re: What type of tree is this? 1 day ago in Trees by lucy lucy
Re: Possibly Corals? 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Hawkeye Hawkeye
Re: Ganoderma applanatum with ovipositing? insect 1 day ago in Identification by DerekP DerekP
Re: What is this! Man-made or Rock/Mineral 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Bandi Bandi
Re: can you ID this tooth please? 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Tooth (?) Identification please. 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Richard Richard
Re: Beetles in my house 1 day ago in Identification by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Could someone please help to identify this bone please? 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Amanda Amanda
Re: Can someone help me to identify this bone please? 1 day ago in Identification by Amanda Amanda
Re: 'Meaty' slime mould 2 days ago in Your habitat - home and garden by flecc flecc
Re: Possible slime mould plasmodium? 2 days ago in Identification by flecc flecc
Re: What stone/rock is this ? (Thank you in advance) 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by FullHeads FullHeads

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