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Trapdoor Spider Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA.
Patrick Randall [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

These dark-colored spiders, common in South Carolina, have a singular look.

A Writing Spider with its egg sac.
Joyous! [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Having matured through the summer, many spiders in South Carolina are ready to mate.

The trunk of a Hercules Club tree, in Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Chesapeake Bay Program [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

Hercules Club tree, also known as a devil's walking stick or prickly ash, at Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Lizard Sightings

Aug 2, 2017
Six Lined Racerunner.
Tom Gill [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

The Eastern Fence Lizard eats insects and spiders

, as does the Six-Lined Race Runner.

A Killdeer Takes a Dip

Aug 1, 2017
A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk, via Wikimedia Commons

Report of a bird behaving...strangely.

Rat-Tailed Maggot

Jul 31, 2017
A Rat-Tailed maggot.
Nathan Reading [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

The Rat-Tailed maggot - Eristalis tenax - is the larvae of the Drone Fly, or Hover Fly. It lives in standing water.

A Big, Beautiful Insect

Jul 28, 2017
A Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) in Durham, North Carolina, July 2014.
Rhododendrites (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Common in the Carolinas, the Great Blue Skimmer is one of the largest of the dragonflies in the Southeast.


Jul 27, 2017
James Emery

Webworms are a larvae for moths.

Eastern carpenter bee (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The Carpenter bee leaves sawdust behind as it digs its hole into wood. Woodpeckers often pick their way into these holes looking for the bees.

Greater Shearwaters

Jul 25, 2017
Greater Shearwater, or Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Artie Kopelman via Flickr

Rudy spots a bird that isn't usually seen along the South Carolina coast.

Painted Buckeyes

Jul 24, 2017
Painted buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica), flowers and leaves. Buckeye is especially evident in early spring because its leaves are among the earliest to develop fully. Duke Forest Korstian Division, Durham, North Carolina USA.
Jane Shelby Richardson, Duke University [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Painted buckeyes are wide spread in the mountains and Piedmont of South Carolina. The can sometimes be found on the coastal plain.

Ant lion larva (Myrmeleontidae).
NPS/Robb Hannawacker

The antlions, or ant-lions, are a group of about 2,000 species of insect in the family Myrmeleontidae, found in most warm climates around the world. The larvae, sometimes called "doodlebugs" in the south, leap from their pits to capture their prey.

Cicada Killer Wasp

Jul 20, 2017
A Cicada Killer Wasp with a Cicada.
Bill Buchanan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a wasp in the process of preying on a cicada.

An American Oystercatcher.
The Lilac Breasted Roller [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The pliable beak of the Oystercatcher is a good tool for reaching into bivalves.

In South Carolina you will find both the Southern and the Northern Ring-Necked Snakes.

Remembering Thoreau

Jul 17, 2017

July 12 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.

Amazing Transformation

Jul 14, 2017
This Cicada is in the last stages of molting.
Jodelet / Lépinay [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The last stage of development for a Cicada is from nymph to adult, when it sheds its shell.

House Centipede
Bruce Marlin via Wikimedia Commons

The House Centipede is common in South Carolina. As the name implies, it is often found in dwellings.

An Eastern Newt in the "red eft" stage.
Jason Quinn, via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Newt is a salamander which goes through a "land stage," leaving the water to live for a time on land.

The Brown Scorpion, or Carolina Scorpion, is most common in the Piedmont and Mountains of South Carolina. 

A melanistic Hognose snake.
Natalie McNear [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Hognose snakes usually have a pattern of blotches on their skin. Some, however, are "melanistic," having a nearly solid color.

Rudy reads from The Vision of Sir Launfal, a poem by James Russell Lowell.


Jul 6, 2017
The Eastern Whippoorwill, a.k.a. Chuck-Will's-Widow
Dick Daniels [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This bird nests on the ground. It calls at night.

Bark lice
Andreas Kay [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Bark Lice have a habit of gathering in groups.


Jul 4, 2017
A male Dobsonfly
Vilseskogen [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Male Dobsonfly have large mandibles that they use to grasp females during mating.

An adult Black Rat Snake.

Black Rat snakes mating and laying eggs around this time of year will see the eggs hatch in the fall.

The Regal Moth

Jun 30, 2017
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

These moths pupate in the ground, sometimes for as long as two years.

Male Lyssomanes viridis jumping spider feeding on a nematoceran from Greenville County, South Carolina, USA.
David E. Hill [CC Atribution 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This spider doesn't spin a web to trap its prey. It "jumps" it.

A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

When this snake is mature it will feed on birds and mammals. They feed on amphibians when they are young.

A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron with Its prey.
Peter Wallack [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston couple finds Yellow-Crowned Night Herons nesting in a backyard tree.