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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: spiders on car door-handle 3 hours ago in Identification by B B
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Please could someone confirm my ID of this longhorn moth? 22 hours ago in Identification by Barry Soames Barry Soames
Re: Is this a bone? 23 hours ago in Bones, teeth and skulls by Claire553 Claire553
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