Nature

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.

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.

Types of Ground Nesting Bees

March 22, 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 . The small ground nesting bees fall into several categories – mining bees, orchard bees, or digger bees are among them, and all are important pollinators. They are absolutely no threat to humans...

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