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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: Fossil sponges? 15 minutes ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Found on beach at Arbroath Scotland 1 hour ago in Fossils and rocks by Beached Beached
Re: Is this a stigmaria? 2 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Noctuid moth id 2 hours ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Wood Sandpiper? 3 hours ago in All animal life by TRW TRW
Re: Horsetail ID 3 hours ago in Plants by TRW TRW
Re: Green Caterpillar with black hairs and tail spines 5 hours ago in Identification by Pauline and Weans Pauline and Weans
Re: Pett-level fossils. 5 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: Fossil? If so what is it? 6 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: Small pinkish-red beetle ID 6 hours ago in Beetles by nomad nomad
Re: Fossil footprint 6 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: moth id, please 7 hours ago in Moths by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help identifying spider 9 hours ago in Spiders by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Please can you identify this wildflower so irresistable to butterflies 9 hours ago in Plants by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Help identifying fish fossil 10 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by b.dixon@nhm.ac.uk b.dixon@nhm.ac.uk
Parasites on harvestman 10 hours ago in Spiders by SusB SusB
Re: Please help identify this fish species? 11 hours ago in Identification by John John
Re: Bone Identification 11 hours ago in Identification by John John
Re: There's Been No Climate Change for Millions of Years, OK? 12 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Spider ID please 13 hours ago in Bug forum by Donna B Donna B
Re: Mineral/rough gemstone identification 13 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by DrLong DrLong
Re: Is this the Harvestman Spider - Mitopus morio I wonder ? 14 hours ago in Bug forum by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: Can anyone identify this fossil 1 day ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Plant identification request 1 day ago in Your habitat - home and garden by Ulsinius Ulsinius
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