Nature

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.

Mournful Sphinx Moth

November 28, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Mournful Sphinx moth, Enyo lugubris.

The Mournful Sphinx moth's range is expanding northward.

"November"

November 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Rudy shares a poem, "November," by Thomas Hood . (The poem is also published as "No!")

The Spotted Bird Grasshopper

November 24, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Spotted Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca lineata.

The Spotted Bird Grasshopper is common in South Carolina, and is one of the largest species we have.

Happy Harvest Time

November 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Grizzled Mantis

November 21, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Grizzled Mantis - Gonatista grisea

A listener makes a rare sighting: a Grizzled Mantis.

Mystery Chrysalis

November 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
cloudless sulphur (Phoebis sennae).

A listener finds a chrysalis in his yard and wonders what kind of butterfly will emerge.

Bad Weather or Fewer Gators? A Look Back at the State Hunting Season

November 17, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Gator in the distance at Durham Creek, Berkeley County

Ron Russell has been catching alligators in the Lowcountry for nearly 30 years. Each fall, people hire him as a guide for the state's public hunt. But this year, he says gators, especially the big ones, were harder to find. "We've harvested the heck out of them with all...

Bluejay Feathers

November 17, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Blue Jay feathers.

A listener finds some distinctive feathers...

Fishbones on the Beach

November 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Interesting bones found on the beach..

Cooperhead Combat

November 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A southern Copperhead.

A listener finds a pair of copperheads engaging in a "combat dance."

Hentz's Orb Weavers

November 14, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Hentz's Orb weaver, Neoscona crucifera, ventral view.

This spider hides during the day and comes out into the center of its web at night.

Eastern Stinkhorn Mushroom

November 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Stinkhorn (Phallus ravenelii).

Its common name says a lot about how this mushroom attracts flies and other insects to spread its spores.

Long-Tailed Skipper

November 10, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Long-Tailed Skipper.

This beautiful butterfly is common in the Southeastern U.S.

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