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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: Moths 1 hour ago in Moths by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: French Grasshoppers 1 hour ago in Foreign finds by geff.2007 geff.2007
Re: Bird ID - Meadow Pipit? 1 hour ago in Identification by Phil Phil
Re: White Violet 2 hours ago in Plants by lucy lucy
Re: Found this rock near a pond in Darlington county Durham, it's not magnetic, weighs 21.87 ounces, it's silvery grey with purple and yellow streaks, 6 Sq inches in total. Can anyone tell me what it is? 4 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Susie Susie
Re: Phyllocarid? 5 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dan Dan
Re: Fossil Jaw Bone? 6 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Caterpillar? Friend or foe? 6 hours ago in Caterpillars by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Cow Horn 7 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by TalonFire123 TalonFire123
Re: Suspect meteorite 7 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by muledeericeberg muledeericeberg
Re: Fossil New Forest 8 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: Please help me to identify this dinosaur fossil 10 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Fiona - Museum ID team Fiona - Museum ID team
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Re: This was found on a beach in Sunderland county Durham. It weighs 30 grams, does anybody know what it is? 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: This was dug up in Darlington County Durham, weighs 18 grams, anybody know what it's made of and what it is? 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: This is a bead found in a river in Darlington County Durham, does anyone know what it is made of and how old could it be. 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by Susie Susie
Re: This was found wedged in a waterfall near a river in Darlington county Durham. It weighs 498 grams, not magnetic, it has a small hole on each side and lines vertical and horizontal, perfectly round. Does anyone know what this is 2 days ago in Fossils and rocks by Susie Susie
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