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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: Can anyone identify this? Is it bag worm? 3 minutes ago in Bug forum by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Help in identifying this little plant 9 minutes ago in Plants by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Could some one ID these bugs please 1 hour ago in Bug forum by triops triops
Aphid ID please 3 hours ago in Identification by David David
Re: Group project help 13 hours ago in Trees by lucy lucy
Re: What kind of fossil is this thay are all about 15cm across? 16 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: What's this tree 16 hours ago in Identification by Jit Jit
Re: What spider is this? (Possible false widow?) 16 hours ago in Identification by Rebecca Rebecca
Found this bone on the beach 16 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by izaiza izaiza
Re: Plant ID please 16 hours ago in Plants by Ian Ian
Re: Butterfly id please 17 hours ago in Identification by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: What is this Spider Please (Found in packaging) 17 hours ago in Identification by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Red leaf beetle 19 hours ago in Bug forum by flecc flecc
Possible Male Widow? 19 hours ago in Identification by DarkMatter DarkMatter
Re: Could you please identify this bug please 19 hours ago in Identification by AlteredEgo AlteredEgo
Re: Type of forget me not ID please 20 hours ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Fossil Identification please 59 minutes ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Found this on beach 22 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by manzie manzie
Bug identification please! 1 day ago in Identification by f677b295f22a51886fd1003f2668d559b35b6888 f677b295f22a51886fd1003f2668d559b35b6888
Re: Aghhhh spider'...... 1 day ago in Your habitat - home and garden by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help to identify tusks/horns please 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by John John
Re: A soldier beetle maybe, but what kind? 1 day ago in Bug forum by gihe gihe
Re: Mature trees in Charlotte Square in Edinburgh. Not native? What are they? 1 day ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Large piece of bark ? 1 day ago in Identification by chris chris
Re: What is this plant? 1 day ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman

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