Rudy Mancke

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.

"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.

Smelly Caterpillar

October 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus)  Frozen Head Natural Area & State Park, Morgan County, Tennessee.

The caterpillar of the spice bush swallowtail butterfly can produce a "strange" odor when disturbed.

Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnakes

October 17, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Sistrurus miliaris miliaris, the Carolina pigmy rattlesnake.

Hiking in Mistletoe State Park a family finds two Carolina pigmy rattlesnakes , the most distinctly patterned, and variably colored subspecie of the pygmy rattlesnake group. The snake ranges from eastern North Carolina, southwestward through most of South Carolina, across...

"Woodbines in October"

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Rudy shares poems by Charlotte Fiske Bates, " Woodbines in October ," and " Autumn ."

Hard to Identify Songbird

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A male common yellowthroat.

The female common yellowthroat songbird is harder to identify than the male, especially in its first year.

Two-Striped Walking Stick

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A female two-striped walking stick with a male on its back.

The male two-stripped walking stick is much smaller than the female.

A River Cruiser Provides a Feast for a 'Halloween' Spider

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Swift river cruiser (Macromia illinoiensis) dragonfly - male.

A listener finds a marbled orb weaver spider recycling an Illinois river cruiser dragonfly.

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