Nature

Bowfin

December 19, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A bowfin skull.

The bowfin is the only remaining representative of a kind of fish once plentiful in eons past.

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver is Long Lived

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A male Golden Silk Orb Weaver (top) is a lot smaller than a female .

This spider is becoming more and more common across the state.

Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat

December 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicanus)

A listener finds a bat in the office (!) and wonders what species it was. The tail gives it away.

Yellow Rat Snake

December 14, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Yellow Rat Snake

This species of rat snake is typical on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Broad-headed Skink

December 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Broad-Headed Skink

Among the creatures a listener had captured on film was a Broad-Headed Skink.

Snook

December 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Snook

Caught by a listener off of Edisto Beach, a type of fish he'd never seen before...

The Wood Stork

December 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Wood Stork

A listener in Awendaw, SC, spots a large bird with an "odd bill."

A Pleistociene Era Sloth in South Carolina

December 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Giant ground sloths, relatives of the living South American tree sloths, lived across much of North America.

A listener finds the fossilized bones of a giant ground sloth.

This Caterpillar Stings!

December 7, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Puss caterpillar.

The caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth, the Puss caterpillar has bristles that sting.

Carolina Mantis Egg Case

December 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A female Carolina Mantis.

Why would some stink bugs be interested...?

Fishbones by the Lake

December 5, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio A listener hiking alongside Lake Moultrie finds a skeleton...

Wrens in the Corner

December 4, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A wren asleep on the porch.

It's a common sight.

Arbor Day

December 1, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.

Today is a great day to plant a tree! Rudy shares the story of the creation of Arbor Day.

A Slender Predator

November 30, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A thread-legged bug.

Some families of thread-legged bugs are predators.

Ravens

November 29, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A common Raven.

Ravens make a wide variety of calls. You can find these birds in the mountains of South Carolina.

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