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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Maypop Lookalike

Aug 23, 2019
The flower of the Passiflora lutea
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The flower on the passiflora lutea looks a lot like those on a Maypop because they are related.

Snake Sighting

Aug 22, 2019
A young Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A visitor to spies a snake in Francis Marion National Forest...

Eastern King Birds

Aug 21, 2019
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Mr. TinDC [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A bird loses its make to a car strike and lingers close by...

Devil's Walking Stick

Aug 20, 2019
Flowers of a Devil's Walking Stick
Melissa McMasters [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This plant is in bloom along the highways and at the edges of woodlands this time of year.

Imperial Moth

Aug 19, 2019
An Imperial Moth
Lizmillea, [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Lately, Rudy has been getting lots of mail from listeners who have sighted these moths.

Scattering Shells

Aug 16, 2019
SC Public Radio

A listener sees the result of a common strategy many birds use to misdirect predators.

Earthstar mushroom (Geastrum fimbriatum)
Norman D. Davis,

There are around 120 different species of Earthstars.

Timber Rattlesnake

Aug 14, 2019
A typically marked Timber Rattlesnake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a Rattlesnake in Keowee-Toxaway State Park...

Dobsonfly Eggs

Aug 13, 2019
Eastern Dobsonfly eggs (Corydalis cornutus)
Victor Fazio [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds what appear to be bird droppings on the leaves of a tree...

Eastern Milk Snake

Aug 12, 2019
Eastern Milk Snake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a juvenile Eastern Milk snake in Tryon, NC.

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

A listener sees a Cicada Killer Wasp flying with a Cicada in its grasp.


Aug 8, 2019
An adult Luna moth - Actias luna
Lynette Elliott [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spies a Luna Moth that has just emerged from its cocoon.

A Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell turtle.
James Harding/

The long, needle-like nose is a good identifying characteristic for this turtle.

Black Racers

Aug 6, 2019
An adult Southern Black Racer
By JamieS93 (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

A listener videos a pair of Black Racers courting...

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

This spider hides in its burrow and leaps out to capture prey.