Content about nature

A Black Throated Blue Warbler
Kenneth Cole Schneider [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

This bird is neo-tropical and migrates through South Carolina.

Regal Jumping Spider

Nov 14, 2018
A Regal Jumping Spider
Tone Killick [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Of this spider's eight eyes, two are much larger than the rest.

Red Shouldered Hawk

Nov 13, 2018
A Red Shouldered Hawk.
peteyp8 [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

This hawk loves areas with wetlands nearby.

Io Moth Caterpillar

Nov 12, 2018
The larva of an Io Caterpillar.
Dennis Wilkinson [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

The caterpillar of the Io moth has stinging bristles. Its cocoon has a paper-like texture.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Nov 9, 2018
An immature, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Kelly Colgan Azar [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener sees an immature, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and is a bit confused by its colors.

Tersa Sphinx moth larvae.
TexasEagle [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The larvae of these moths feed on plants that grow in disturbed sites.

Beautiful Chrysalis

Nov 8, 2018
The chrysalis of a Varigated Fritallary.
Kerry Wixted [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The chrysalis of the Varigated Fritillary moth is striking.

A '?' Butterfly

Nov 8, 2018
A Question Mark Butterfly
Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, USFWS Headquarters [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Question Mark Butterfly has a marking that somewhat resembles a '?'.

Mantis Fly

Nov 8, 2018
A Mantis Fly.
Pavel Kirillov [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As the common name implies, a Mantis Fly looks a bit like two different species combined.

A juvenile Red Tailed Hawk.
Brocken Inaglory [CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

An immature Red Tail Hawk, possibly chasing some prey, crashes through a window!

The Timber Rattlesnake

Nov 1, 2018
A typically marked Timber Rattlesnake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener hiking in North Carolina sees what he thinks is a Timber Rattlesnake. The color, however, isn't typical...

Apache Jumping Spider

Oct 31, 2018
An Apache Jumping Spider (Phidippus apacheanus)
Insects Unlocked [CC0 1.0] via Flickr

This spider doesn't build a web.


Oct 30, 2018
A Hogchoker flounder.
Georgia DNR [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

Flooding brings an unusual fish into a listener's yard, a flounder that finds its way pretty far up tidal rivers...

Brunner's Mantis
YaroslavKuznetsov [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Brunner's Mantis resembles a "Walking Stick" insect.

The Bot Fly

Oct 26, 2018
A Bot Fly (Cuterebra).
Mathesont [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The Bot Fly lays its eggs on the skin of rodents.

Eastern hognose snake
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University,

The Eastern Hognose Snake has many common names that include the word "adder," because one of its defense bluffs is to flatten its neck like a Cobra.

A Salute to Autumn

Oct 24, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a poem about one of his favorite times of year.

An Uncommon Mantis

Oct 23, 2018
Grizzled Mantis - Gonatista grisea
Richard Crook [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Grizzled Mantis is found mostly on the lower Coastal Plain.

Frank Mayfield [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Many people wrongly blame their Fall allergies on Goldenrod. But, Goldenrod is not polinated by wind. The culprit is more likely Ragweed.

Black Rat Snakes

Oct 19, 2018
A juvenile Black Rat Snake.
Brad Carlson [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Black Rat Snakes, recognizable by the black blotches on their gray skin, are out this time of year. They are non-venomous.

The Mantis and the Moth

Oct 18, 2018
A gray, female Carolina Mantis.
Happy1892 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a Carolina Mantis in the midst of feasting on a much-larger Syphnx Moth.

The Puss Caterpillar

Oct 17, 2018
Puss caterpillar.
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University,

This caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth has stinging spines among its bristles.

Green Lynx Spider
Keegan Morrison via Wikimedia Commons

The Green Lynx Spider catches its prey by leaping on it.

The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The mysterious item deposited on the shirt left overnight on the porch is the egg mass of a Carolina Mantis.

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,

A listeners sees a moth...