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Painted Buckeyes

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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.

Cicada Killer Wasp

Jul 20, 2017
A Cicada Killer Wasp with a Cicada.
Bill Buchanan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a wasp in the process of preying on a cicada.

An American Oystercatcher.
The Lilac Breasted Roller [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The pliable beak of the Oystercatcher is a good tool for reaching into bivalves.

In South Carolina you will find both the Southern and the Northern Ring-Necked Snakes.

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