Nature

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.

Devil's Walking Stick

August 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Stalk of a Devil's Walking Stick at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina

This plant is in bloom along the highways and at the edges of woodlands this time of year.

Dobsonfly Eggs

August 13, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Eastern Dobsonfly eggs (Corydalis cornutus)

A listener finds what appear to be bird droppings on the leaves of a tree...

Gulf Coast Spiny Soft-Shelled Turtle

August 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell turtle.

The long, needle-like nose is a good identifying characteristic for this turtle.

Anhingas

July 19, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Anhinga.

This large bird is mostly found on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Summer Tanager

July 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A male Summer Tanager.

The Summer Tanager migrates to South Carolina in the summer months.

The Regal Moth

July 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.

This large moth is also known as the Royal Walnut moth.

Eastern Dobsonfly

July 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A male Dobsonfly.

The male Dobsonfly has large mandibles used to grip the female during mating.

Cottonmouth Snake on the Savannah River

July 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus

A listener makes an unusual snake sighting...

Ring Necked Pheasant

June 27, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Ring Necked Pheasant

This Eurasian bird has been widely introduced to this country as a game bird.

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