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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: Spanish Moth 12 hours ago in Bug forum by Liz Liz
Re: Sycamore cultivar 13 hours ago in Trees by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Redbud 13 hours ago in Plants by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: White flower not in my guide 13 hours ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Plant ID 13 hours ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Jurassic seed??? 13 hours ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Help in identifying this little plant 13 hours ago in Plants by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Might this tree be a laurel? It has whitish bark, is evergreen & about 4-5m tall. 14 hours ago in Identification by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Marine mammal vertebra? 17 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Owen Owen
Re: Tail or spine fossil? 19 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Spider identifcation 20 hours ago in Identification by Alison Alison
Re: Chalk fossil 22 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Re: Which comfrey? 1 day ago in Plants by Waynefb2002 Waynefb2002
Re: Stone Ball 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: Tooth found in cave 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Terry Terry
Re: ? Bone fossil found at Lyme Regis 1 day ago in Identification by Dr T Dr T
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Re: Trying to identify this fossil? 1 day ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
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Re: European Smoke Bush / Tree 1 day ago in Plants by DMcKenzie DMcKenzie
Re: Ichneumon wasp 1 day ago in Wasps by Northumberland Wildlife Northumberland Wildlife
Re: Unusual delicate red flower 1 day ago in Plants by Golgamesh Golgamesh
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