NatureNotes

In NatureNotes, naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on ETV Radio.

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.

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

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

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The City of Charlotte has one of the best urban tree programs in the country. You can visit their website at Charlotte Tree Plan to learn about how an urban forest provides numerous benefits to a city’s residents. Visitors to Charlotte often wonder why certain trees have what looks like bandages wrapped around their trunks. These are special treatments designed to capture fall cankerworm females.

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.

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