Clemson Extension and Host of Making It Grow Amanda McNulty talks with fellow agent Zack Snipes about tomato diseases and best practices on how to avoid them.

Land Planarian

19 hours ago
A land planarian
Bernard DuPont [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Geoplanidae is a family of flatworms known commonly as land planarians or land flatworms. These flatworms are mainly predators of other invertebrates, which they hunt, attack and capture using physical force and the adhesive and digestive properties of their mucus. They lack water-retaining mechanisms and are therefore very sensitive to humidity variations of their environment.

A shed mayfly skin
Ian Jacobs [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flicker

Mayflies (also known as shadflies or fishflies in Canada and the upper Midwestern U.S.) are aquatic insects belonging to the order Ephemeroptera. This order is part of an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. Over 3,000 species of mayfly are known worldwide, grouped into over 400 genera in 42 families.

Mating Snakes

Jun 30, 2020
A yellow eastern rat snake
Zack [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The eastern rat snake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis) is found in the United States east of the Apalachicola River in Florida, east of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, east of the Appalachian Mountains, north to southeastern New York and western Vermont, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, south to the Florida Keys.

Eastern Newt/Red Eft

Jun 29, 2020
In an eastern newt's juvenille stage it is called a red eft
Distant Hill Gardens [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. It frequents small lakes, ponds, and streams or nearby wet forests. The eastern newt produces tetrodotoxin, which makes the species unpalatable to predatory fish and crayfish.[2] It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and it may grow to 5 in (13 cm) in length. These animals are common aquarium pets, being either collected from the wild or sold commercially. The striking bright orange juvenile stage, which is land-dwelling, is known as a red eft.

Vase Vine

Jun 26, 2020
Clematis viorna
By peganum from Henfield, England (Clematis viorna) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a beautiful, bell-shaped "flower" in Pickens County and wonders what they are.

Cliff swallows nesting under a bridge.
Marlin Harms, via Wikimedia Commons

The colonial nesting birds are often found on cliff faces in the western U.S. In South Carolina, you will often find them under bridges.

Deer Flies "Bite"!

Jun 24, 2020
A feeding Deer Fly.
Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series,

Deer Flies, or Yellow Flies, are out in number this year, especially near water. And, yest, they will "bite"!

Corn snake
Mike Wesemann via Wikimedia Commons

Corn Snakes are often mis-identified as venomous and, unfortunately, killed.

Mating Moths

Jun 22, 2020
A mating pair of Pink-Striped Oakworm moths.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry,

A listener finds a mating pair of Pink Striped Oakworm moths.

Lady's Tresses Orchids

Jun 19, 2020
A Lady's Tresses Orchid.

If you find one of these lovely plants, it's best left in place if you want it to thrive.

An Eastern Lubber grasshopper nymph.
Colinblenis [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

The nymph of the Eastern Lubber grasshopper is almost black, with a yellow stripe down the back.

This Northern Scarlet Kingsnake is sometimes mistaken for a Coral Snake.
Glenn Bartolotti, via Wikimedia Commons

If you happen upon a snake with bands of red, yellow, and black that has red and yellow bands touch, the is an Eastern Coral snake. Beware! Otherwise, you may be looking at a "mimic," like the Northern Scarlet snake.

A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk via Wikimedia Commons

Wilson's Plover is a coastal bird. Killdeer is an Upland Plover that is common all over South Carolina.

Dinesh Valke [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots a  plant in Barbados that is similar to Rattle Bush. The latter was introduced initially in Florida.