Nature

Gall Wasps

April 10, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
 A gall wasp (Cynipidae) oviposits into an existing oak gall.

Varieties of Gall Wasps often have strict preference for the kind of plants they chose to host their young.

Hanahan Butterfly & Pollinator Garden

April 9, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
monarch caterpillars

The Hanahan Butterly and Pollinater Garden located at the Hanahan Public Library has a variety of plants that attract butterflies and pollinators. Clemson Extension's Terasa Lott talks with Keep Hanahan Beautiful volunteer Kathy Stone about their plant selection and the...

Oconee Bells

April 9, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Oconee Bell Flower - Devils Fork State Park.

The Oconee Bell is a rare flower of the southern Appalachians found only in a few locations in the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in moist wooded areas along streams.

The Great Leopard Moth Caterpillar

April 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The Great Leopard Moth.

This moth is unusual in that it over-winters as a caterpillar.

A Cache of Mystery Bones

April 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio A listener finds two animal skulls and skeleton and turns to Rudy for help identifying.

Royal Paulownia

April 4, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Royal Paulownia blossoms.

These trees come from China, but, have been used as ornamentals in the South U. S. for many years.

They Aren't Ant Hills...

April 3, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
The excavated soil and entrance hole to a Mining Bee's nest.

The Mining Bee is solitary, but builds nests in "colonies."

Cedar-Apple Rust

April 2, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae).

A listener finds an "orange, tentacled, 'blob'" on Cedar.

More on Pollinating Pawpaws

March 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Male Pawpaw blossoms.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . At the Musser Farm at Clemson we filmed a segment on their pawpaw orchard. Search Making It Grow Youtube Pawpaw and see our interview featuring fruit specialist Dr. Greg Reighard. This orchard...

Growing Pawpaws at Home

March 30, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
A "hand" of Pawpaw fruit.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . If you have a partially shady area you’d like to use to grow fruits, pawpaw is the plant for you. This native small tree naturally grows in woodlands receiving filtered sun although in full sun...

Eastern Garter Snakes Will Climb for Sunlight

March 30, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Eastern Garter snake, Florida.

These snakes emerge from hibernation early in the Spring.

The Nutritious Pawpaw

March 29, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Pawpaw fruit.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Pawpaws and bananas both are soft fruits that lend themselves to being smushed up for smoothies, custards, and ice cream, and both are relatively high in carbohydrates. Pawpaws, however, come...

Skulls with Plenty of Teeth

March 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio Opossums are South Carolina's only marsupials.

Polinating Pawpaws

March 28, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Many fruit crops need insects as pollinators. Peaches, apples, blueberries, and watermelons use different species of bees, sometime native and sometimes the Imported European Honeybee, to...

A Red Bellied Snake in the Backyard

March 28, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Red Bellied Snake.

These small snakes are pretty common in backyards.

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