NatureNotes

Mon-Fri, throughout the day

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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The Southern House Spider
Edward L. Manigault [CC BY 3.0 US], Clemson University Donated Collection, Bugwood.org

A mighty big spider in the basement...

The White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Distant Hill Garden [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The bristles on this caterpillar can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Lyre Leaf Sage
Scott.zona [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flicr

Listeners ask about two plants with descriptive common names.

The Snake on the Porch

May 18, 2018
Eastern Garter snake, Florida.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Garter snake is common in South Carolina.

The Wool Sower Gall

May 17, 2018
A Wool Sewer Gall.
Jessica Lucia [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

This fuzzy gall is always found on White Oaks.

The Tulip Tree

May 16, 2018
A Tulip Tree in flower.
Erica Maxine via Pixabay

One common name for this tree is "Tulip Poplar." However, it is not in the poplar family, but in the magnolia.

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Woodpeckers will sometimes compete for already-existing holes.

Chinese Privet
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Privet, or Ligustrum japonicum, is a naturalized plant, and can be hard to control. Its flower has a strong, sweet odor.

Red Salamander

May 11, 2018
A Northern Red Salamander.
John Clare [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

You'll find this salamander mostly on the Piedmont and in the mountains, sometimes on the Coastal Plain.

A Summer Tanager.
Julian Londono, Flickr

Whether passing through or nesting here for the summer, there are lots of species returning to South Carolina right now.

A Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle.
John Flannery [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A Dorchester listener, walking in the park, spots an interesting insect...

Butterflies Are Out!

May 8, 2018
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.
Peter Miller via Flickr

Monarchs, Zebra Swallow Tails, Black Swallows, and many more are out.

Snake in the Attic

May 7, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a "snake skin" in the attic...

Backyard Snakes

May 4, 2018
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

Brown Snakes and Red-Bellied Snakes are common in backyards.

The Sora

May 3, 2018
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.
Mike Baird [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This species is found around fresh water marshes and flooded fields.

Wheelbug nymphs and eggs.
Fat Gordy at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

A gang of recently-hatched wheel bugs emerge from their egg mass... "Kinda scary."

Sweet Leaf Galls

May 1, 2018
Symplocos tinctoria, Common Sweetleaf.
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Horse Sugar, or, Sweet Leaf plants are the only host for Sweetleaf galls.

Green Tree Frog

Apr 30, 2018
American Green Tree Frog
Brett Hondow [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

This frog's range is expanding from the Coastal Plain to the Piedmont.

Gibraltar Import

Apr 27, 2018
Giant Fennel
James Gaither [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener brings a plant home to the Lowcountry from Gibraltar, and it's thriving!

Lowcountry Bones

Apr 26, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Lowcountry nature lovers share a cache of bones...

Grass Carp

Apr 25, 2018
Grass Carp.
Phil's 1stPix [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

These fish are a non-native species.

Courting Skinks

Apr 24, 2018
Broad-Headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps).
Peter Paplanas [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Broad-Headed Skinks together in the spring? Courtship, most likely.

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some words from "the poet."

Sunday is Earth Day

Apr 20, 2018
A little girl holding sign at a march. The sign depicts the earth and is captioned, "We need to understand."
bones64 [CC0 1.0]/Pixabay

A time to celebrate our home world.

Carpenter Bee.
Bob Peterson [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Carpenter Bees and butterflies...

Cormorant fishing the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
Andrea Westmoreland [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

You may see large numbers of these birds hunting for fish this time of year.

Coyote or Red Wolf?

Apr 17, 2018
A red wolf at the Land Between the Lakes recreation area in Kentucky.
Jim Liestman [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A sighting by a listener raises a question of identity.

A Black Squirrel?

Apr 16, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

The Fox Squirrel is larger than the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Both varieties can produce black, or melanistic, offspring.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars in their tent.
J. R. Carmichael [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Tent Caterpillars are out in force this time of year.

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