Nature

The Rat Snake and the Hummingbird

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

A listener spots a black rat snake in the midst of "recycling" a hummingbird.

Saddlebag Dragonfly

November 7, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A black saddlebags dragonfly.

The markings on the base of the hind wings are reminiscent of saddlebags bouncing on a horse in motion.

Tig Girdler Beetles

November 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A twig girdler beetle.

You may not often see twig girdler beetles in South Carolina, but, you will see their handy work.

Acorn Weevils

November 3, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An acorn weevil.

The acorn weevil is common in South Carolina.

Black Tupelo

November 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Black tupelo tree leaves turn brilliant red-orange in the fall.

Black tupelo, or black gum trees, are common in South Carolina and are among the first to change color in the fall.

Island Applesnails

November 1, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An Island Apple Snail.

Apple Snails are an invasive species, released into South Carolina's environment by the dumping of aquariums by hobbyists.

Camel Crickets

October 31, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A male camel cricket.

Camel crickets and closely related cave crickets belong to a large group of insects. They are found throughout the world with over 100 different kinds found in the United States and Canada.

"There is no season..."

October 30, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rudy shares some words from Nathaniel Hawthorne's American Note-Books .

Sea Cucumbers

October 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A sea cucumber.

A listener finds hundreds of sea cucumbers on the beach at Pawleys Island.

Sooty Tern

October 26, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An adult sooty tern.

A lowcountry vet finds a juvenile sooty turn, likely blown in by a storm.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Heliconius charitonius (zebra longwing butterfly),Florida.

The zebra longwing butterfly is not common in South Carolina.

Black Witch Moth

October 24, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A male Ascalapha Odorata or commonly known as the Black Witch Moth.

A listener finds a black witch moth--a rare species for South Carolina.

Southern Unstriped Scorpion

October 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Vaejovis carolinianus - Southern Unstriped Scorpion.

The southern unstriped scorpion was, for many years, the only scorpion found in South Carolina It is the only scorpion native to much of the Appalachian states: Kentucky, West Virginia (S), Virginia (SW), North and South Carolina (W), Georgia (North, not coastal or southern...

Red Bats

October 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Eastern Red Bat, Lasiurus borealis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

Red bats are common South Carolina.

Red-Eyed Vireo

October 19, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Red-eyed Vireo

A listener spots a red-eyed bird he cannot identify.

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