Nature

"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...

Nessus Sphinx Moth

October 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Nessus Sphinx Moth

The Nessus sphinx, Amphion floridensis, is a day-flying moth that lives throughout the eastern United States and Canada and occasionally south into Mexico. It is one of the more commonly encountered day-flying moths in the region, easily recognized by the two bright-yellow...

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

October 4, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Imperial Moth Caterpillar

This time of year, these horned caterpillars are quite large.

Sea Pens

October 2, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Atrina pen shell bivalves on a marine beach in Florida

A listener finds some shells on the beach at the Isle of Palms...

American Woodcock

September 24, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An American Woodcock

The American woodcock (Scolopax minor), is most often found on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the its plumage provides excellent camouflage.

Ringneck Snake

September 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Ringneck Snake

Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, is a harmless species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are rarely...

Brown Anole

September 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A brown anole.

The brown anole, also known as the Bahaman anole, is a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas.

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