Rudy Mancke

A Devil of a Caterpillar

By Rudy Mancke

A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.

This menacing-looking Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar is actually harmless, and is the larval form of the Regal, or Royal Walnut moth.

Mystery Bird's Nest

By Rudy Mancke

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

The Blue-Gray Gnat Catcher lives here in the warmer months. They build nests of spider silk or caterpillar silk, and cover them with lichens.

Florida Cottonmouth

By Rudy Mancke

An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus.

This subspecies is not as common as the Eastern Cottonmouth, which is widespread on the Coastal Plain.

The Tulip Tree

By Rudy Mancke

A Tulip Tree in flower.

One common name for this tree is "Tulip Poplar." However, it is not in the poplar family, but in the magnolia.

It's Bird Migration Time

By Rudy Mancke

A Summer Tanager.

Whether passing through or nesting here for the summer, there are lots of species returning to South Carolina right now.