Rudy Mancke

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.

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.

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.

Bluejay Feathers

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

A listener finds some distinctive feathers...

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 Orb Weavers

November 14, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Hentz's orb weaver (Neoscona crucifera).

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.

Curve-Lined Owlet Moth Caterpillar

November 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A curve-lined owlet moth caterpillar.

A listener spots a rarely-seen caterpillar.

The Rat Snake and the Hummingbird

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

A listener spots a black rat snake in the midst of "recycling" a hummingbird.

Saddlebag Dragonfly

November 7, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A black saddlebags dragonfly.

The markings on the base of the hind wings are reminiscent of saddlebags bouncing on a horse in motion.

Tig Girdler Beetles

November 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A twig girdler beetle.

You may not often see twig girdler beetles in South Carolina, but, you will see their handy work.

Acorn Weevils

November 3, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An acorn weevil.

The acorn weevil is common in South Carolina.

Black Tupelo

November 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Black tupelo tree leaves turn brilliant red-orange in the fall.

Black tupelo, or black gum trees, are common in South Carolina and are among the first to change color in the fall.

Island Applesnails

November 1, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An Island Apple Snail.

Apple Snails are an invasive species, released into South Carolina's environment by the dumping of aquariums by hobbyists.

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