Rudy Mancke

Mosquitos are Pests, but with a Place in Nature

By Rudy Mancke

Two thirds of the approximately 60 mosquito species in South Carolina don't bite humans.

Mosquitos are among nature’s biggest pests.  Their bites itch, they’re annoying and they can carry diseases.  But surprisingly, says Clemson professor Peter Adler, of the approximately 60 mosquito species that inhabit South Carolina, two-thirds of them DON’T bite humans.  Some are adapted to reptiles, others to birds, and some don’t feed on blood at all.  Of those that do, different things about people attract them:  size, the amount of carbon dioxide they produce, even blood type!  (Type A, you’re lucky.  You’re their least favorite.  Type O, sorry about that.  They love you.)

The Pearly Wood-Nymph

By Rudy Mancke

Eudryas brevipennis, Pearly Wood-Nymph.

A listener spots a moth on her porch, and it's not one that's often seen, though it lives throughout the state.

A "Crazy Bug"

By Rudy Mancke

Backswimmer (Family Notonectidae)

South Carolina has two, very similar "water bugs," the Water Boatman and the Backswimmer, both found in fresh water.

A Fox in the Daylight

By Rudy Mancke

A Red Fox.

A listener spots a Red Fox in daylight. Is it unusual for one to be abroad during the day?