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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BlueRidgeKitties [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This aromatic plant is found in the Mountains and Piedmont of the Carolinas.

A Fish on the Beach

May 21, 2019
An atlantic sturgeon brood fish at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery, SC.
James Henne/USFWS [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds part of a sturgeon washed up on the beach at the Isle of Palms...

"Snake Birds"

May 20, 2019
An Anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

When the Anhinga is in the water, hunting, its head and neck is reminiscent of a swimming snake.

American Bitterns

May 17, 2019
An American Bittern
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimeida Commons

This marsh bird blends so well with its surroundings that it's not often seen.

Snapping Turtles

May 16, 2019
A Common Snapping Turtle.
rickpilot_2000 [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The Common Snapping Turtle is the only snapping turtle native to South Carolina.

The Rosy Maple Moth

May 15, 2019
The Rosy Maple Moth.
Rhododendrites (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

This moth feeds on Maple leaves.

Midland Water Snakes

May 14, 2019
Midland Water Snake, Lancaster, SC, 2004.
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

The Midland Water snake is common on the Piedmont and can be found in the mountains.

Eyed Click Beetles

May 13, 2019
Eyed Click Beetle, Alaus occulatus
By Henryhartley (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Click Beetles have false eye spots.

Dune Prickly Pear

May 10, 2019
SC Public Radio

Dune Prickly Pear is usually found in the maritime forests and sand dunes of the coast.

Eastern Milk Snake

May 9, 2019
Eastern Milk Snake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

You'll find this snake in the mountains of South Carolina, and then only rarely.

Yellow Pitcher Plant

May 8, 2019
Yellow Pitcher Plants
JamesDeMers from Pixabay

The Yellow Pitcher Plant is one of South Carolina's carnivorous plants and is found on from the coastal plain to the fall line.

Southern Pearly-Eye Butterfly, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The white spots in some of the false eye spots on the wings of this butterfly give it this common name.

Chinese Privet is an invasive species.
Chris Evans, University of Illinois,

Privet, China Berry, and Japanese Honeysuckle are some of the non-native species flowering this spring.

SC Public Radio

The Common Pug Moth caterpillar feeds on flowers petals.

Fish Fly

May 2, 2019
A Fishfly
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This fly lays its eggs on plants that overhang water.

Mystery Nymph

May 1, 2019
SC Public Radio

The Carolina Armored Mayfly is found in mountains and Piedmont of the state.

Porcupine Fish

Apr 30, 2019
SC Public Radio

Ther are many species of Porcupine Fish around the world. A listener finds the remains of one on a South Carolina beach.

Giant Waterbug

Apr 29, 2019
Lethocerus americanus, Giant Water Bug.
Eric Lyons [CC BY-SA 4.0] via English Wikipedia

This insect is large enough to prey on small snakes and veterbrates, as well as invertebrates.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Apr 26, 2019
A female Red Bellied Woodpecker.
Mike's Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This speices is the largest of the woodpeckers you will find in South Carolina.


Apr 25, 2019

This species is found in the Piedmont and mountains of South Carolina.

Mystery Pupal Case

Apr 24, 2019

A listener finds a pupal case in the garden with a long tube projecting from one end.


Apr 23, 2019

This animal is sometimes called a "Congo Eel," though it is actually a large salamandar.

Happy Earth Day!

Apr 22, 2019
SC Public Radio

A good day to head to the woods!

The caterpillar of an American Painted Lady Butterfly.
Wilson44691 [CC0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a caterpillar he does not recognize...

Dobson Fly Larvae

Apr 18, 2019

The larva of a Dobson Fly is a "helgremite."


Apr 17, 2019

These birds are year-round residents of the South Carolina coast.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat

Apr 16, 2019

This species is increasingly found in South Carolina.

Wheelbugs Hatching

Apr 15, 2019
The egg mass and some newly hatched wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus).
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Wheelbug nymphs are hatching this time of year. The adults eat other insects, especially caterpillars.

Mystery on the Beach

Apr 12, 2019
SC Public Radio

A mix of organic materials washes up on the beach...

The Hawk on the Roof

Apr 11, 2019

A listener encounters a Red-Tailed Hawk on the roof of a building in downtown Charleston.