Content about nature

Royal Walnut Moth

Aug 19, 2015
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

  An listener finds an uncommon moth found in Greenville, sometimes called a Regal Moth.

Eastern Worm Snake
Greg Schechter

  The elongated eggs this listener found belong to the Eastern Worm Snake.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Aug 17, 2015
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
Thomas Good [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

  A listener from St. George says there are some grasshoppers in his town that he doesn't see elsewhere.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Peter Wallack

  A listener asks Rudy to identify the bird nesting over his driveway. It turns out to be one of the two types of night heron that are common in South Carolina.

Eastern Hercules Beetle

Aug 13, 2015
Eastern Hercules Beetle
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

  A listener rescues a Hercules beetle.

A listener sees a snake eating what looks like a "giant slug."   

A listener finds a tube on the beach that appears to be made of shells and other debris. What kind of creature makes such a thing?


  A listener finds two insects caught in a spider web. What are they?

Eastern Whippoorwill
Dominic Sherony

  A listener reports a sighting of an Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus).

Young Box Elder Bugs

Aug 6, 2015
Box Elder Bug Nymphs

A listener spotted these insects in Clemmons, NC.

The underside of an Ilia Under-wing Moth caterpillar (catocala ilia)

From the top, it's gray and black and blends in with the bark of many trees. From underneath, it looks altogether different.

The Devil's Walking Stick in flower.
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society,

  You may spot the Devil's Walking Stick in flower this time of year as you drive just about anywhere in the state.

James Emery

  We used to call them Fall Web Worms, because that's when we saw them. However, they are now being spottted around the state, in the middle of the summer!

A listener sees a Brown Water Snake feasting on a Catfish in the Edisto River.

A Southern Flying Squirrel  is found in a listener's yard.

On the Saluda River, a listener watches a Bard Owl steal a fish from the end of his hook!

Immature Red-tailed Hawks were spotted in a listener's neighborhood.

Black Gum Tree

Jul 27, 2015

The Black Gum tree is a type of Tupelo, and sometimes have galls on them.  

The snake this listener found near his pond is dangerous: the Cotton Mouth.

A listener spots an adult Bald Eagle on his neighbor's dock near Folly Beach--what a sight!

Snake on the Patio

Jul 21, 2015

A listener finds a rat snake with odd markings.


Cannonball Jelly Fish

Jul 20, 2015

  A listener finds a piece of what looks like cartilage on the beach at Amelia Island, and thinks it comes from a jellyfish.

Live Oak Root Borer

Jul 10, 2015

  The Live Oak Root Borer beetle isn't all that common in South Carolina. Once you see one, you aren't likely to forget it, though. They are really big.

A Swallow Tailed Kite
Joe Nicholson,

A listener shares his first-ever sighting of the magnificent Swallow-tailed Kite.

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

  It's unusual, but, American Goldfinches are increasingly staying to nest in South Carolina in the summer.

Black Racer
By JamieS93 (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots to Black Racers in close contact. Are they about to fight? No...  

  Rudy mentions some of the ways that periods of high heat stress plants and animals.

Tulip Tree Moth

Jul 3, 2015
Tulip Tree Beauty Moth
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds the remains of a moth still carrying its eggs.

A listener finds a gray tree frog in a surprising place.


Eastern King Snake

Jul 1, 2015

The Eastern King Snake is a powerful constrictor.