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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Happy Autumnal Equinox!

14 hours ago

On an equinox there are roughly equal periods of night and day.

Canebrake Rattlesnakes

Sep 21, 2017
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

The Canebrake rattlesnake tends to stay away from people. However, if you live on South Carolina's coastal plain, you might find one sunning on your porch...

The projections on a Spiny Oak-Slug caterpillar will sting, so, don't touch..
Marcia Cirillo [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a caterpillar covered with fuzzy, white "stuff."

Eastern Cotton Mouth

Sep 19, 2017
An Eastern Cottonmouth Snake, agkistrodon piscivorus.
Geoff Gallice, Gainesville, FL; via Wikimedia Commons

These snakes are common on the coastal plain in South Carolina and love wet environments.

Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar
Bob Warrick [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Large, green, with orange horns: the Hickory Horned Devil is aptly named. However, it is harmless to humans.

A Brown Widow spider.
Roy Niswanger/Flickr

Brown Widow Spiders are not native to South Carolina. They have moved northward from Florida.

An Eastern Lubber grasshopper.
Derrickchapman, via Wikimedia Commons

A young nature lover finds a large grasshopper at Brookgreen Gardens.

A Regal Jumping Spider
Tone Killick [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Phidippus regius, known commonly as the Regal Jumping Spider. It is the largest jumping spider in eastern North America.

A Green Crowned Slug caterpillar.
Benny Mazur [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Don't try to touch any variety of slug caterpillars you may find. They sting!

An Ant Lion.
Larry and Teddy Page [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Ant Lions are common in South Carolina. Before the undergo metamorphosis they are commonly called Doodle Bugs. As with the caterpillar and the butterfly, the differences between the larval and the adult stages are striking.

A Midland Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon pleuralis.
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0], viaFlickr

Water Snakes are often mistaken for Copperheads because some Water Snakes' colors are similar to those of the Copperhead. However, the pattern on the water snake is always narrow on the sides and wide near the backbone. This is the opposite of the pattern found on the Copperhead.

Inchworms a Threat?

Sep 7, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We enjoyed the solar eclipse from the comfort of our Saint Matthews yard. Although lots of people searched out and set up camp in open fields, I’m not a sun lover and we simply  made periodic forays from our  covered porch out into an  open area of the front yard to observe the progress of the blackout. Numerous shade trees help keep our eighteen eighties home cool, a  value familiar to residents of cities with active urban tree programs.

An Eastern Snapping Turtle.
rickpilot_2000 [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The Eastern Snapping Turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in South Carolina.

American Goldfinches, male (left) and female
Ken Thomas [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Most American Goldfinch usually pass through South Carolina and nest farther north. But, there has been an increase in the number who are nesting here instead.

Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus, Durham, North Carolina, United States
Patrick Coin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Listeners have reported many sightings of this beautiful moth.

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