NatureNotes

Mon-Fri, throughout the day

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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Zebra Long-Winged Butterfly

Velvet Blue Spread Fungus is Common on Oaks

A Great Blue Heron Feasting on a Snake.

Sea Myrtle is Common All Over South Carolina

Copperhead Snake on the Trail Near Summerville.

The Tulip Tree

Nov 7, 2014

The Tulip Tree's leaves are shaped like a tulip, and its flowers also resemble tulip.

A Barred Owl in Downtown Greenville

Huge Bryozoan Colonies

Nov 5, 2014

Huge Bryozoan Colonies found in Lake Junaluska, NC.

Banded Sphinx Moth

Nov 4, 2014

Banded Sphinx Moth spotted in Newberry.

The Green Lynx spider guards its eggs, jumping into action at any sign of a threat.

Happy Hallowe'en

Oct 31, 2014

A special day for Rudy Mancke...

A little bird, nesting in the corner of the porch at night... the Carolina Wren, of course.

A snake encountered in the laundry room of a family home in the Midlands turns out to be a Corn Snake--harmless to people.

Nyssa biflora, commonly referred to as the swamp tupelo, or blackgum is a species of tupelo that lives in wetland habitats.

October Thoughts

Oct 24, 2014

"The October leaf-fading..." (Beckonings for Every Day: A Calendar of Thought - Lucy Larcom)

Hammer Head Worm

Oct 23, 2014

Found in Irmo, SC... a Hammer Head Worm? What's that?

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Oct 22, 2014

A listener spotted to "bugs," a small one attacking a larger one. The small one was a nymph, the large one was an adult Leaf Footed Bug.

Not very common in South Carolina, River Frogs range from Mississippi to North Carolina. But, their numbers are decreasing.

Larva of the "Lady Bug"

Oct 20, 2014

The larva of the "Lady Bug" (Lady Bird Beetle).

Cane Break Rattlesnakes are common to South Carolina's Coastal Plain.

Voracious Caterpillar

Oct 15, 2014

One caterpillar scarfing down 20 leaves?

Squab flies hitchhike on their hosts, migrating birds.

Migrating Birds

Oct 13, 2014

Migrating birds often don't make it to the end of their journey, because of collisions with windows.

The Puss Caterpillar is poisonous, so, don't touch!

Sometimes called Pine Lizards, the Eastern Fence Lizard is common in the state.

  Daytona Moth Caterpillars love azaleas, and, this time of year, they show up in great numbers.

The Marbled Orb Weaver makes beautiful webs. Because of its coloring, it's often called a Hallowe'en Spider.

Green Anole Lizard

Oct 6, 2014

Carolina Anoles (we often call them "chamelions") are an odd sight when they shed their skin.

Five Rattlesnakes!

Oct 3, 2014

A weed covered pile of old lumber provides a great habitat for some Cane Break Rattlesnakes.

Walking Stick Insects

Oct 1, 2014

...a siting of the Two-Striped Walking Stick.

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