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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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Wheel Bug Eggs

Mar 27, 2020
The egg mass and some newly hatched wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus).
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Wheel bugs prey on caterpillars and beetles, such as Japanese beetles, the cabbage worm, orange dogs, tent caterpillars, and the Mexican bean beetle, all of which they pierce with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Mar 24, 2020
Eastern hognose snake
John Brantmeier [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The defensive behavior of this non-venomous snake makes it seem a threat to humans. It is not.

Red Winged Blackbird

Mar 23, 2020
A Red-Winged Blackbird
Curt Hart [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North America and much of Central America.

Spring Peepers

Mar 20, 2020
Spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern United States and Canada. They are so called because of their chirping call that marks the beginning of spring.

Happy Vernal Equinox

Mar 19, 2020
SC Public Radio

It's the first day of spring!

Hooded Merganser

Mar 18, 2020
A hooded merganser
Ellen & Tony [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A Lowcountry resident spots some "duck-like" birds on a small pond...

Mystery Feather

Mar 17, 2020
A black vulture
Tony Hisgett [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a feather on the street in Oconee County...

SC Public Radio

A listener shares an impressive list of birds spotted in his backyard during his Backyard Bird Count.

Leaf-Footed bug
cotinis [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Leaf-Footed bugs can be a pest to gardeners.

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Greenville County, South Carolina
David Hill [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Yes, you can find "disjunct" populations of Mountain laurel in pockets on the coast of South Carolina where the micro-climate is just right.

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a first-hand observation of a parasitoid/host relationship.

Camel Crickets

Mar 10, 2020
A male camel cricket.
Jenn Forman Orth [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Camel crickets are found all over the world.

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some meaningful words by John Muir and by Ri

An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus
Geoff Gallice, Gainesville, FL; via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) a venomous snake, is a species of pit viper in the subfamily Crotalinae of the family Viperidae. The species is endemic to the southeastern United States. This is the world's only semiaquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes.

Eastern spadefoot toad
National Park Service

Scaphiopus holbrookii, commonly known as the eastern spadefoot, is a species of American spadefoot toad (family Scaphiopodidae) endemic to North America. It is found in the southeastern United States, except for mountainous areas, and is also found northward along the Atlantic Coast, through the Mid-Atlantic states, into southern New England, including eastern Massachusetts.