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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: Steatoda Grossa size? 11 minutes ago in Spiders by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Stone Ball 1 hour ago in Fossils and rocks by Doug Doug
Re: Please help identify this round red rock 1 hour ago in Fossils and rocks by Colin Colin
Re: What's this orange ridge-backed grasshopper? 2 hours ago in Grasshoppers and crickets by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Tail or spine fossil? 12 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by funkygibbon funkygibbon
Cricket ID 12 hours ago in All animal life by Wildman Wildman
Re: What is this small brown beetle? 13 hours ago in Beetles by c7498c270bff0b80a900561d6ec45831c98fb824 c7498c270bff0b80a900561d6ec45831c98fb824
Identification 13 hours ago in Identification by MarcGrey99 MarcGrey99
Please help me identify these fossils 13 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by MarcGrey99 MarcGrey99
Spanish Moth 14 hours ago in Bug forum by Liz Liz
Re: Need help identifying 14 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dr T Dr T
Chalk fossil 14 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by tawnyman tawnyman
Re: A bee ID question 15 hours ago in Identification by Pixels On The Rocks Pixels On The Rocks
Re: Wolf Spider ID 21 hours ago in All animal life by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Might this tree be a laurel? It has whitish bark, is evergreen & about 4-5m tall. 22 hours ago in Identification by hikkihils hikkihils
Re: Which comfrey? 23 hours ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Plant Identification Help 23 hours ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: help finding out what this bug is? 23 hours ago in Identification by triops triops
Re: ID Help 1 day ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone help me identify this plant please 1 day ago in Plants by DrFred - Museum ID team DrFred - Museum ID team
Re: Can anybody help identify this insect please? 1 day ago in Bug forum by jcp jcp
Id help please, Nomada sp. maybe fucata? 1 day ago in Bug forum by chriffer chriffer
Re: Common Sun Beetle 1 day ago in Beetles by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Marine mammal vertebra? 1 day ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Owen Owen
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