Appalachian Genshin

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Appalachian gentian
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Gentiana austromontana, the Appalachian gentian, is a 1–2 ft (30–61 cm) tall flowering plant in the Gentianaceae family. It is native to the southern Appalachians of West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Two Loons
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Loons (North America) or divers (United Kingdom / Ireland) are a group of aquatic birds found in many parts of North America and northern Eurasia. They can be found in South Carolina only during winter migration.

Bryozoan Colonies

Jan 12, 2021
A freshwater bryozoan colony
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Bryozoa (also known as the Polyzoa, Ectoprocta or commonly as moss animals) are a phylum of aquatic invertebrate animals, nearly all forming sedentary colonies. Typically about 0.5 millimetres (1⁄64 inch) long, they are filter feeders that sieve food particles out of the water using a retractable lophophore, a "crown" of tentacles lined with cilia.

Golden Silk Spider Web

Jan 11, 2021
Trichonephila clavipe, or golden silk spider
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Trichonephila clavipes (formerly known as Nephila clavipes), commonly known as the golden silk orb-weaver, golden silk spider, or banana spider, is an orb-weaving spider species which inhabits forests and wooded areas ranging from the southern US to Argentina.

Theme Music

Jan 8, 2021
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Rudy identifies NatureNotes theme music,
Tarrega's Estudio Brilliante, after an adaptation by Chet Atkins.

Carpenter Ants

Jan 7, 2021
Carpenter ants
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Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are large (0.3 to 1.0 in or 0.76 to 2.54 cm) ants indigenous to many forested parts of the world.

They build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood. However, unlike termites, they do not consume wood, discarding a material that resembles sawdust.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker
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The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a medium-sized woodpecker that breeds in Canada and the northeastern United States.

The yellow-bellied sapsucker was described and illustrated using a hand-coloured plate by the English naturalist Mark Catesby in his The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands which was published between 1729 and 1732.

Mole Cricket

Jan 5, 2021
A northern mole cricket
Zack [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Mole crickets are members of the insect family Gryllotalpidae, in the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets). Mole crickets are cylindrical-bodied insects about 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) long as adults, with small eyes and shovel-like fore limbs highly developed for burrowing.

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Jan 4, 2021
Woolly bear caterpillar, Pyrrharctia isabella
Juanita Demchak [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

Pyrrharctia isabella, the isabella tiger moth, banded woolly bear or just woollybear or woolly worm, occurs in the United States and southern Canada. It was first formally named by James Edward Smith in 1797.

The thirteen-segment larvae are usually covered with brown hair in their mid-regions and black hair in their anterior and posterior areas. In direct sunlight, the brown hair looks bright reddish brown.

Happy New Year!

Jan 4, 2021
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Rudy shares some words for the new year from Henri-Frédéric Amiel.

The Birds on the Porch

Dec 30, 2020
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A listener finds the bodies of a pigeon and a sharp-shinned hawk on his porch...

Marbled Salamandar

Dec 29, 2020
A marbled salamander
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The marbled salamander is a stocky, boldly banded salamander. The bands of females tend to be gray, while those of males are more white. Adults can grow to about 11 cm (4 in), small compared to other members of its genus. Like most of the mole salamanders, it is secretive, spending most of its life under logs or in burrows.

Southern House Spider

Dec 28, 2020
The southern house spider
Edward L. Manigault [CC BY 3.0 US], Clemson University Donated Collection,

The southern house spider is a species of large spider in the family Filistatidae. Currently given the scientific name Kukulcania hibernalis, it was formerly known as Filistata hibernalis. Found in the Americas, it exhibits strong sexual dimorphism. It is occurs in the southern states of the USA, throughout Central America and some of the Caribbean, to southern Brazil and Uruguay. The males may be mistaken for brown recluses because the two have similar coloration and body structure.

Anisomorpha buprestoides (southern two-striped walkingstick)
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Anisomorpha buprestoides (southern two-striped walkingstick, devil rider, or musk mare) is a stick insect (Order Phasmatodea: otherwise known as "phasmids" or walkingsticks) which occurs throughout the southeastern United States.

Anisomorpha buprestoides is a large, stout (for a stick insect) brown phasmid with three conspicuous longitudinal black stripes. Females average 67.7 mm in length; males are smaller and more slender, averaging 41.7 mm.

Making It Grow Minute
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The Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest is the world’s largest untouched cypress-tupelo swamp, the perfect habitat for Prothonotary warblers, sometimes called swamp warblers. Specific birds have been tracked returning to the exact same hollowed out tre, year after year to build their nests. When a foot or two foot above water, these nests are less likely to be raided by racoons.