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An Eastern King Snake
Paul [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

An Eastern King Snake will actually go into a mole's burrow to kill its prey.

Mating Moths

Oct 11, 2018
A Polyphemus Moth.
Charlie Kellogg [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener happens upon some mating Polyphemus Moths... these moths don't have a digestive system, and so don't live long after reproducing.

A Great Egret
Googie man [GFD], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener has an unusual pair of visitors, who share the dock for a while. Wood Storks seem to be moving farther inland.

Canebrake Rattlesnake

Oct 9, 2018
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a young Canebreak Rattlesnake...

Corn Lily

Oct 8, 2018
A Corn Lily.
Jonathan Lidbeck [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a "lily-like" plant on Mt. LeConte. The Corn Lily is typically found in northern climes or higher elevations of the Southern Appalachians. Don't be fooled by the common name -  this plant is poisonous.

Pickleworm Moth

Oct 5, 2018
Pickleworm Moth, Diaphania nitidalis.
Natasha Wright, Cook's Pest Control, Bugwood.org

A listeners sees a moth...

Big Jelly

Oct 4, 2018
A Lion's Mane Jellyfish on the beach.
Jeff [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest kind you'll find in South Carolina.

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

A listener spots a Two-Striped Walking Stick insect with a smaller one on its back.

Connected Spider Eggs

Oct 2, 2018
A female Basilica Orbweaver, Mecynogea lemniscata, with egg sacks.
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Basilica Spider connects its egg sacks with  strands of silk.

Black Witch Moth

Oct 1, 2018
A Black Witch Moth.
Timothy Haley, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

A listener sees a moth that is so large that he initially mistakes it for a small bat.

Persimmons

Sep 29, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although persimmons have consistently beautiful and early fall foliage, they aren’t often highly valued by homeowners, but people who plant them as a food source for wildlife and soil stabilization know their importance. The ripe fruits are relished by deer, possums, foxes, and raccoons and people – although you have to wait until they’re so soft you can only eat them with a spoon or they’ll turn your mouth inside out.

Southern Black Racers

Sep 28, 2018
A juvenile Southern Black Racer
Kevin Enge/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

This time of year you may see many Black Racer juveniles. These young snakes have blotchy patterns on their skin for the first year of life.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Some people fuss about our native catalpas – both species grow here bignoniodes and speciosa – saying they are weedy and then go right and plant a horrible invasive non-native tree that closely resembles catalpa. Paulownia tomentosa, Princess Tree, has similar large heart shaped leaves and a showy cluster of flowers, purple in this case.

Atlantic Ribbed Mussels
Matthew Beziat [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds Atlantic Ribbed mussels clams in the salt marsh off Wadmalaw Sound.

Catalpa "Worms"

Sep 27, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.  A nearby stand of catalpa trees is kept pruned so that the owners can easily reach catalpa sphinx moth caterpillars that use the leaves as their larval food source. This stout but dully colored caterpillar is actually hard to find – most stands of catalpa I see don’t have them feeding on them. Their infestations seem to be sporadic; many other insects parasitize these creatures and some people actually purchase pupae to inoculate their trees.

The Fisherman's Tree

Sep 26, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Since summer seems interminable this year, I’m desperate for signs of fall. Several catalpa trees on my daily drive have caught my eye recently with their large leaves sporting a yellow autumnal color. Catalpa is known as a fisherman’s tree since it the larval food source for the catalpa sphinx moth. It has large, ten inches or so across, heart-shaped leaves that are yellow-green.

Owl Attack?

Sep 26, 2018
A Bard Owl
John Triana [CC BY 3.0 US], Regional Water Authority, Bugwood.org

A listener jogging in the dark has an unusual encounter...

Beech Blight Aphids

Sep 25, 2018
Beech Blight Aphids
Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

When agitated, these aphids earn their nickname, "Boogie Woogie" Aphids.

A Cannibal Snail

Sep 24, 2018
Rosy Wolf Snail.
Melody McClure [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The Rosy Wolf Snail, or Cannibal Snail, has an enlongated shell. As the name implies, it preys on other snails.

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
NatureNotes
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, Bugwood.org

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.

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