Nature

Starfish Stink Horn Mushroom

January 16, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Starfish stinkhorn mushroom

This fairly common fungus is widely distributed in Australia and across many islands in the Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand. From its natural habitat it appears to have travelled to other parts of the world in garden or soil products.

Chinese Mantis Egg Cases

January 14, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Chinese mantis egg case

If you find one of these egg cases, leave them in place. The mantis will emerge in spring.

Plum Grass

January 13, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Plume grass

Saccharum is a genus of tall perennial plants of the broomsedge tribe within the grass family. The genus is widespread across tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions in Africa, Eurasia, Australia, the Americas, and assorted oceanic islands. Several species are...

Crane-Fly Orchids

January 9, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The leaf of a Crane-Fly Orchid.

This is a good time of year to spot Crane-Fly orchids.

"I Heard a Bird Sing in the Dark of December..."

December 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
White-throated sparrow

"...a magical thing and sweet to remember." - Oliver Herford . Rudy suggests which bird one might hear this time of year in South Carolina.

Robin Flocks

December 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An American robin

A listener finds a huge flock of American robins in her yard...

Wheel Bug

December 11, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A wheel bug

The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) is a species of large assassin bug in the family Reduviidae (literally, "hangnail"). The species is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, reaching up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in length in their adult stage.

Southern Cricket Frog

December 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Southern Cricket Frog

The southern cricket frog or southeastern cricket frog (Acris gryllus) is a small hylid frog native to the Southeastern United States.

Limpkin

December 2, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Limpkin

The limpkin (Aramus guarauna), also called carrao, courlan, and crying bird, is the only extant species in the genus Aramus and the family Aramidae. It is found mostly in wetlands in warm parts of the Americas, from Florida to northern Argentina. It feeds on molluscs, with...

Chinese Mantis Egg Case

November 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Chinese mantis egg case

A listener finds something in the hedges that looks like a "brown marshmellow."

Planarian Flatworms

November 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Land Planarian

Geoplanidae is a family of flatworms known commonly as land planarians or land flatworms. These flatworms are mainly predators of other invertebrates, which they hunt, attack and capture using physical force and the adhesive and digestive properties of their mucus. They...

The Best Southern Maples for Fall Color

November 14, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Trips to New England in the fall must be delightful – you get to wear a sweater in September, lobsters are plentiful and inexpensive, the woodlands are ablaze with color. The sugar maples that...

When is Peak Color for Red Maples in S.C.

November 13, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The red maples that thrive in the flood plains of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers are actually more striking in January and February than in the fall of the year. Their flowers and fruits that...

Cownose Ray

November 13, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A dead Cownose ray on the beach

The Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) is a species of eagle ray found throughout a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil.

Fall Color in Southern Red Maple Trees

November 11, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Last week we got out the wool blankets, fortunately I haven’t seen any new holes since I packed them carefully with moth balls at the end of last winter. One of the delights of cooler...

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