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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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Cownose Ray

15 hours ago
A dead Cownose ray on the beach
Terry Ross [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) is a species of eagle ray found throughout a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil.

Question Mark Butterfly

Nov 12, 2019
A Question Mark butterfly
William Warby [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Polygonia interrogationis, the Question Mark butterfly, is a North American nymphalid butterfly. It lives in wooded areas, city parks, generally in areas with a combination of trees and open space.

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Nov 11, 2019
A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Ashley Wahlberg (Tubbs) [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr

Common folk-names for the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in the southern United States are rain crow and storm crow. These likely refer to the bird's habit of calling on hot days, possibly presaging rain.

"If Ever in Autumn..."

Nov 8, 2019
SC Public Radio

The Great Egret

Nov 7, 2019
A Great Egret
Googie man [GFD], via Wikimedia Commons

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret, or the American Egret,  is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water.

Corn Earworm Moth

Nov 6, 2019
A corn earworm moth
Lon&Queta [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener reports an unusual encounter with a moth...

Northern Sea Robin

Nov 5, 2019
A Sea Robin
Bemep [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The Triglidae, commonly known as sea robins or gurnard, are a family of bottom-feeding scorpaeniform fish. They get their name (sea robin) from the orange ventral surface of the species in the Western Atlantic (Prionotus carolinus) and from large pectoral fins, which, when swimming, open and close like a bird's wings in flight.

Joro Spider

Nov 4, 2019
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018.
University of Georgia Athens Extension

Nephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider genus. This Asian species has only recently been confirmed in the United States. Females can reach up to one meter in length.

Gray Catbird

Nov 1, 2019
The gray catbird, also spelled grey catbird
Wilfred Hdez [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a medium-sized North American and Central American perching bird of the mimid family.

Welcome, Autumn

Oct 31, 2019
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares words of welcome for one of his favorite times of year.

Bird's Nest Fungus

Oct 30, 2019
Bird's Nest Fungus, Crucibulum laeve
Jason Hollinger [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The fruiting bodies of bird's nest fungiresemble tiny egg-filled birds' nests.

Stink Bug Encounter

Oct 29, 2019
An Atelocera species (bark stink bugs)
Ton Rulkens [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener describes an encounter with a stink bug...

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Oct 28, 2019
A white-breasted nuthatch
National Park Service/Rachel Ames

The white-breasted nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches and is able to move head-first down trees.

SC Public Radio

A listener finds some scat containing Persimmon seeds and asks Rudy for the animal's ID. It turns out that a trip through a Raccoon's disgestive tract can actually help those seeds germinate.

An Orchard Orbweaver Spider, Jekyll Island, GA.
gailhampshire [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Some people mistake the red-markings on the Orchard Orbweaver for those on a Black Widow spider. But, the Orchard spider is harmless to humans.