Rudy Mancke

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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Deer Flies "Bite"!

Jun 29, 2018
A feeding Deer Fly.
Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

Deer Flies, or Yellow Flies, are out in number this year, especially near water. And, yest, they will "bite"!

Corn snake
Mike Wesemann via Wikimedia Commons

Corn Snakes are often mis-identified as venomous and, unfortunately, killed.

Mating Moths

Jun 27, 2018
A mating pair of Pink-Striped Oakworm moths.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry, Bugwood.org

A listener finds a mating pair of Pink Striped Oakworm moths.

Northern Parula Warbler

Jun 26, 2018
A Northern Parula Warbler.
Dan Pancamo [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The neo-tropical migrant breeds in South Carolina, then flies south to tropical climes.

Brown Water Snake

Jun 25, 2018
A Brown Water Snake
birdphotos.com via Wikimedia Commons

The range of the non-venomous Brown Water Snake is expanding in South Carolina.

Lady's Tresses Orchids

Jun 22, 2018
A Lady's Tresses Orchid.
siege2050.blogspot.com

If you find one of these lovely plants, it's best left in place if you want it to thrive.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Jun 21, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

An Eastern Lubber grasshopper nymph.
Colinblenis [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

The nymph of the Eastern Lubber grasshopper is almost black, with a yellow stripe down the back.

This Northern Scarlet snake is sometimes mistaken for a Coral Snake.
Glenn Bartolotti, via Wikimedia Commons

If you happen upon a snake with bands of red, yellow, and black that has red and yellow bands touch, the is an Eastern Coral snake. Beware! Otherwise, you may be looking at a "mimic," like the Northern Scarlet snake.

A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk via Wikimedia Commons

Wilson's Plover is a coastal bird. Killdeer is an Upland Plover that is common all over South Carolina.

Rattlebush
Dinesh Valke [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots a  plant in Barbados that is similar to Rattle Bush. The latter was introduced initially in Florida.

The Great Leopard Moth

Jun 14, 2018
The Great Leopard Moth.
Arnstein Rønning [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This moth is common in South Carolina. It over-winters as a caterpillar and builds its cocoon in the Spring.

A Brown Widow Spider?

Jun 13, 2018
An Orchard Orb Weaver Spider, Jekyll Island, GA.
gailhampshire [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Orchard Orb Weavers have red markings on the belly, but, are much smaller than Brown Widows.

Red-Bellied Watersnakes. An unusual group photo, probably one female in the tangle being pursued by 3 males.
Vicki DeLoach [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Red-Bellied Watersnake is common in South Carolina. They are non-venomous.

An Anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots some "crazy" birds at Hunting Beach State Park...

Mullberry Trees

Jun 8, 2018
Leaves and fruit of a White Mulberry tree.
stux [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

There are two kinds of Mulberry trees in South Carolina. The White Mulberry was introduced. The Red Mulberry is native.

Hellgrammite

Jun 7, 2018
A Hellgrammite.
Bob Henricks [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Not fond of Dobson Flies? You won't like its larval form much better.

Snakes and Lizards

Jun 6, 2018
A Black Rat Snake.
Stephen Lody Photography [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Listeners report sights of snakes... and of an snake "impersonator."

Spotted Wintergreen

Jun 5, 2018
Spotted Wintergreen in flower, with fruit.
dogtooth77 [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) is a "lovely little plant."

Cannonball Jellyfish

Jun 4, 2018
Cannonball Jellyfish at Smyrna Dunes Park.
Andrea Westmoreland [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Found on Folly Beach...

A Bard Owl
John Triana [CC BY 3.0 US], Regional Water Authority, Bugwood.org

Why would Crows harass Bard Owls?

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
James Holland [CC BY-NC 3.0 US], Bugwood.org

A listener spots a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.

A Brown-Headed Cowbird
naturespicsonline.com [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A Brown-Headed Cowbird is a brood parasite.

Wood Storks

May 29, 2018
Wood Stork
Irene Atkinson, Bugwood.org

A listener spots a pair of Wood Storks...

Mantis Shrimp

May 28, 2018
A Mantis Shrimp
Roy L. Caldwell, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley (National Science Foundation) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This shrimp has front appendages reminiscent of the those on a Praying Mantis.

Heart Urchin

May 25, 2018
A Heart Urchin, Brissus latecarinatus.
Philippe Bourjon [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

An interesting find on Fripp Island...

Ring Necked Pheasant

May 24, 2018
A Ring Necked Pheasant
Becky Matsubura [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A beautiful bird spotted in Ridgeway--is it native?

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.

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