Rudy Mancke

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicanus)
J. N. Stuart [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a bat in the office (!) and wonders what species it was. The tail gives it away.

Yellow Rat Snake

Dec 14, 2017
Yellow Rat Snake
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

This species of rat snake is typical on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Broad-headed Skink

Dec 13, 2017
Broad-Headed Skink
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Among the creatures a listener had captured on film was a Broad-Headed Skink.

Snook

Dec 12, 2017
Snook
Matthew Hoelscher [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Caught by a listener off of Edisto Beach, a type of fish he'd never seen before...

The Wood Stork

Dec 11, 2017
Wood Stork
Irene Atkinson, Bugwood.org

A listener in Awendaw, SC, spots a large bird with an "odd bill."

Giant ground sloths, relatives of the living South American tree sloths, lived across much of North America.
jjsala [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds the fossilized bones of a giant ground sloth.

Puss caterpillar.
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University, Bugwood.org

The caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth, the Puss caterpillar has bristles that sting.

The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Why would some stink bugs be interested...?

Fishbones by the Lake

Dec 5, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener hiking alongside Lake Moultrie finds a skeleton...

Arbor Day

Dec 1, 2017
J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Library of Congress

Today is a great day to plant a tree! Rudy shares the story of the creation of Arbor Day.


An Slender Predator

Nov 30, 2017
A thread-legged bug.
Ilona L [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Some families of thread-legged bugs are predators.

Ravens

Nov 29, 2017
A common Raven.
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Ravens make a wide variety of calls. You can find these birds in the mountains of South Carolina.

Mournful Sphinx Moth

Nov 28, 2017
A Mournful Sphinx moth, Enyo lugubris.
pondhawk [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Mournful Sphinx moth's range is expanding northward.

"November"

Nov 27, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

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

A Spotted Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca lineata.
image via www.imaiges.com

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

Happy Harvest Time

Nov 23, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

The Marbled Orb Weaver

Nov 22, 2017
Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus).
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University, Bugwood.org

A listener reports a spider that look a bit like a pumpkin.

Grizzled Mantis

Nov 21, 2017
Grizzled Mantis - Gonatista grisea
Richard Crook [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener makes a rare sighting: a Grizzled Mantis.

Mystery Chrysalis

Nov 20, 2017
Cloudless Sulphur pupa collected 21 July 1993 near Statesboro, Bulloch Co., Georgia USA.
Sturgis McKeever/Georgia Southern University

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

Bluejay Feathers

Nov 17, 2017
Blue Jay feathers.
Pixabay/30754

A listener finds some distinctive feathers...

Fishbones on the Beach

Nov 16, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Interesting bones found on the beach..

Cooperhead Combat

Nov 15, 2017
A southern Copperhead.
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

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

Hentz Orb Weavers

Nov 14, 2017
Hentz's orb weaver (Neoscona crucifera).
Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

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

Stinkhorn (Phallus ravenelii).
Norman D. Davis, Bugwood.org

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

Long-Tailed Skipper

Nov 10, 2017
A Long-Tailed Skipper.
Andreas Kay [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

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

A curve-lined owlet moth caterpillar.
Carol Snow Milne/YouTube

A listener spots a rarely-seen caterpillar.

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

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

Saddlebag Dragonfly

Nov 7, 2017
A black saddlebags dragonfly.
David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

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

Tig Girdler Beetles

Nov 6, 2017
A twig girdler beetle.
Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

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

Acorn Weevils

Nov 3, 2017
An acorn weevil.
Bruce Marlin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

The acorn weevil is common in South Carolina.

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