Nature

Balls of Silk

March 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Basilica Orbweaver with Egg Sacks.

A listener in West Columbia finds silk covered "balls" hanging from a tree limb.

Fish Bones in the Flower Bed

March 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio Pulling weeds from a flower bed, a listener finds the vertebrae of a bony fish.

Wasps and Hornets Don't Collect Pollen

March 24, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Bees and wasps and hornets are in the same family, Hymenoptera, but have certain differences. In all cases, only the females can sting, as the egg-laying ovipositor also...

Ground Nesting Bees Can't Sting

March 23, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The solitary, ground nesting bees that emerge as adults in the spring often cause alarm to people who don’t understand their behavior. Although there may be a hundred...

The Red Bellied Woodpecker

March 23, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A female Red Bellied Woodpecker.

The Red Bellied Woodpecker was first described by naturalists in the colony of Carolina. Its scientific name is Melanerpes carolinus.

Two Varieties of Water Snakes

March 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio A listener finds two varieties of Northern Water Snake sunning together.

Ground Nesting Bees Are Not a Threat

March 21, 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 . Ground nesting bees have specific requirements for making the burrows in which they lay their eggs. They need soil that’s relatively dry and has little or no vegetation on it, you won’t find...

If Spring Came but Once a Century...

March 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio Rudy shares some of Longfellow's poetry, "If Spring Came but Once a Year."

Mosquitos are Pests, but with a Place in Nature

March 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio 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...

Underground Bees

March 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . A student in our new master gardener training class brought a video taken on February the twelfth showing of a large number of bees flying around small holes in her yard. What we were seeing was...

Scrambled Eggs Slime Mold

March 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
"Scrambled Egg" slime mold.

The common name for this mold is pretty darned descriptive.

A "Ball of Feathers" on the Porch

March 16, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A wren asleep on the porch.

You'll often find Carolina Wrens "hiding" in the corner of porches.

The Pearly Wood-Nymph

March 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio 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"

March 14, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio 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 Dolphin Vertebra?

March 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio A listener finds vertebra on the beach on the Isle of Palms...

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