Content about nature

Oconee Bell Flower - Devils Fork State Park.
Jason AG [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener on a run finds a rare plant.

A "Wooly Caterpillar"

Sep 20, 2018
Caterpillar of the Great Leopard Moth.
Bill Bumgarner [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The Great Leopard Moth overwinters as a caterpillar.

Mystery Bones

Sep 19, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a  cache of skeletal material near his home: an Opossum, an American Beaver, and a Red Fox.

Royal Paulownia

Sep 18, 2018
Royal Paulownia blossoms.
Famartin [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes called Princess Tree, this plant is a non-native, introduced to the south as an ornamental many years ago.

Cedar Apple Rust

Sep 17, 2018
Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae).
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University,

This odd looking fungus grows on two, alternate hosts.

A Hatching Snake

Sep 14, 2018
Corn snake
Mike Wesemann via Wikimedia Commons

A listener happens upon a hatching Corn Snake.

A female two-striped walking stick mating with a male (top).
Mary Keim [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This insect can be found from North Carolina into Florida.

A "Dinosaur Lizard"

Sep 12, 2018
A Texas Horned Lizard
Paul Hurtado [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This non-native lizard can now be found on beaches and barrier islands in South Carolina.

A Moth at the Window

Sep 11, 2018
An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

A listener has a visit from an Imperial moth.

Caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Galukalock, via Wikimedia Commons

These caterpillars love to eat plants in the fennel family.

Caterpillar of the Great Leopard Moth.
Bill Bumgarner [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener sees the caterpillar of a Great Leopard moth. That caterpillar will likely over-winter, forming its cocoon in the fall.

Words on Nature

Sep 6, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy quotes the writings of George McDonald and

The "Brain Thing"

Sep 5, 2018
Aplidium stellatum (Verrill, 1871) - sea pork in Florida, USA.
James St. John [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a "weird looking, 'brain thing'" on the beach...

Robber Fly (Triorla interrupta) preying on a Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia).
Thomas Shahan [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener is a witness to a fight between two predators.

Midland Water Snake, Lancaster, SC, 2004.
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

These snakes look a bit like Copperheads, but, are no venomous.

A Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar.
Bob Warrick [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This menacing-looking Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar is actually harmless, and is the larval form of the Regal, or Royal Walnut moth.

"Biggest Slugs"

Aug 30, 2018
Leopard slug
Nicholas Turland [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spots two Limax maximus ("biggest slugs") mating. This species is sometimes called the Giant gardenslug, Great slug, Tiger slug, or the Spotted leopard slug.

Big Spiders

Aug 29, 2018
The Golden Silk, or, Banana spider is one of the large orb weavers you might see.
nikoreto [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This time of year, spiders have grown prettty big; and the females you see are always larger than the males.

Mating Moths

Aug 28, 2018
Polyphemus Moth
Organic, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spies some mating Polyphemus Moths.

The caterpillar of the Giant Swallowtail butterfly
TokyoJunkie via Wikimedia Commons

The appearance and behaviour of this caterpillar helps to deter predators.

The Snake on the Porch

Aug 24, 2018
A juvenile Southern Black Racer
Kevin Enge/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

A listener finds a juvenile Black Racer. The young of these snakes have a blotchy pattern of markings.

House Spider

Aug 23, 2018
The Southern House Spider
Edward L. Manigault [CC BY 3.0 US], Clemson University Donated Collection,

The Southern House Spider lives for two to four years.

SC Public Radio

A listener finds the skeletal remains of a wild turkey.

Preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch to investors is a skill that our next guest says every entrepreneur must master.  Whether your company is in the concept stage or up and running and growing, he says learning how to convey your business message to potential investors is critically important.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Dunbar, managing director of VentureSouth in Greenville, SC.

The larva for the Rustic Sphinx moth, Manduca rustica.
homie00001 [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a caterpillar for a Rustic Sphynx Moth.

The Dobsonfly

Aug 20, 2018
A female Dobsonfly
Andreas McKay [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The female Dobsonfly has strong pincers, though they are smaller than the male's.

The Pine Snake

Aug 17, 2018
A Pine Snake
Glenn Bartolotti [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a snake that is seldom seen in South Carolina, though they live throughout the state.

Mystery Bird's Nest

Aug 16, 2018
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest.
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab [Public Domain Mark 1.0] via Flickr

The Blue-Gray Gnat Catcher lives here in the warmer months. They build nests of spider silk or caterpillar silk, and cover them with lichens.

Ghost Shrimp

Aug 15, 2018
A Ghost Shrimp
Ken-ichi Ueda [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

This ghostly-white shrimp burrows in the sand and mud near the edge of the ocean.

Yellowfin Shiners

Aug 14, 2018
Notropis lutipinnis, Yellowfin Shiner, male.
Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spots bright red fish swimming in a school near Lake Jocassee and wonders what kind they are. The male Yellowfin Shiner turns red during spawning season.