NatureNotes

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on NatureNotes. These 1-minute snippets offer you a chance to find out about diverse topics having to do with the natural world. From the inner workings of our world's ecosystems, to plants & animals unique to South Carolina, to tips on beautiful sites to visit, you'll learn more about the world around you on NatureNotes.

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Webworms

20 hours ago
Webworms
James Emery

Webworms are a larvae for moths.

Eastern carpenter bee
ysmad.com (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The Carpenter bee leaves sawdust behind as it digs its hole into wood. Woodpeckers often pick their way into these holes looking for the bees.

Greater Shearwaters

Jul 25, 2017
Greater Shearwater, or Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Artie Kopelman via Flickr

Rudy spots a bird that isn't usually seen along the South Carolina coast.

Painted Buckeyes

Jul 24, 2017
Painted buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica), flowers and leaves. Buckeye is especially evident in early spring because its leaves are among the earliest to develop fully. Duke Forest Korstian Division, Durham, North Carolina USA.
Jane Shelby Richardson, Duke University [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Painted buckeyes are wide spread in the mountains and Piedmont of South Carolina. The can sometimes be found on the coastal plain.

Ant lion larva (Myrmeleontidae).
NPS/Robb Hannawacker

The antlions, or ant-lions, are a group of about 2,000 species of insect in the family Myrmeleontidae, found in most warm climates around the world. The larvae, sometimes called "doodlebugs" in the south, leap from their pits to capture their prey.

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