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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: Spider Identification 51 minutes ago in Bug forum by AlteredEgo AlteredEgo
Is this a Meteorite? 1 hour ago in Fossils and rocks by JaneD JaneD
Re: Yet another car park fossil? 2 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Dikran Marsupial Dikran Marsupial
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Fossil identification 15 hours ago in Fossils and rocks by Darren Darren
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Re: Spider found in newly purchased Rubber Plant 20 hours ago in Spiders by Petetech Petetech
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Re: Otter Spraint? 23 hours ago in Identification by Richard Richard
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