Nature

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...

"If Ever in Autumn..."

November 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio Rudy shares some words about Autumn from John Ruskin .

Corn Earworm Moth

November 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A corn earworm moth

A listener reports an unusual encounter with a moth...

Joro Spider

November 4, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018.

Nephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider genus. This Asian species has only recently been confirmed in the United States. Females can reach up to one meter in length.

Gray Catbird

November 1, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The gray catbird, also spelled grey catbird

The gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a medium-sized North American and Central American perching bird of the mimid family.

Bird's Nest Fungus

October 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Bird's Nest Fungus, Crucibulum laeve

The fruiting bodies of bird's nest fungiresemble tiny egg-filled birds' nests.

Cloudless Sulpher Butterfly Chrysalis

October 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Cloudless Sulphur butterfly (Phoebis sennae).

Rudy identifies a butterfly chrysalis for a listener...

Witch-Hazel

October 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Witch-Hazel

The name witch in witch-hazel has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning "pliant" or "bendable", and is not related to the word witch.

White Ibis

October 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
adult white ibis

The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) has overall white plumage, a bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight.

Lovebugs

October 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Love Bugs

The Lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of march fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. It is also known as the honeymoon fly or double-headed bug. During and after mating, matured pairs remain together...

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