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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: Do you know this being? 1 hour ago in Identification by Ancient Mariner Ancient Mariner
Re: Can you id please 11 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Possible fossil? Found on beach 11 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: id please 11 hours ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
Re: Longhorn Beetle 12 hours ago in Identification by AmandaB AmandaB
? longhorn Beetel 12 hours ago in Identification by Andy Andy
Plant ID please 13 hours ago in Plants by OPS OPS
Re: Is my caterpillar dead? 14 hours ago in Bug forum by emmakb emmakb
Beetle ID 15 hours ago in Beetles by Garret Garret
I found this dead on the road can some 18 hours ago in All animal life by ryan ryan
Re: ID help please 18 hours ago in On the seashore by Hayley Hayley
Re: flint fossil 19 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: lots of little bugs like this in my bathroom - please help ID 19 hours ago in Bug forum by flecc flecc
Re: Lots of these appearing on my bathroom floor and no idea what they are 19 hours ago in Bug forum by flecc flecc
ID my tree please 20 hours ago in Identification by Barnett Barnett
Re: help with mushroom id 20 hours ago in All animal life by flecc flecc
Re: Can someone please help me identify these Bugs? 20 hours ago in True bugs by flecc flecc
Re: Can anyone help with this caterpillar found in marshy area, Isle of Arran? 20 hours ago in Caterpillars by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: Can anyone identify this for me please? 1 day ago in All animal life by Ben Ben
Re: Blue-black bugs found floating in a rockpool in Isle of Sheppey 1 day ago in On the seashore by rhossilian rhossilian
A selection of Dragonflies on the Isle Of Arran last summer 1 day ago in Dragonflies and damselflies by Garret Garret
Re: Foliage and fruit but no tree 1 day ago in Trees by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Tree type? 1 day ago in Trees by MikeHardman MikeHardman
ID needed for my Son please. 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Donna B Donna B
Re: Can anyone identify this for me please? 1 day ago in On the seashore by Ben Ben

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