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Backyard Snakes

May 4, 2018
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert,

Brown Snakes and Red-Bellied Snakes are common in backyards.

The Sora

May 3, 2018
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.
Mike Baird [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This species is found around fresh water marshes and flooded fields.

Wheelbug nymphs and eggs.
Fat Gordy at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

A gang of recently-hatched wheel bugs emerge from their egg mass... "Kinda scary."

Sweet Leaf Galls

May 1, 2018
Symplocos tinctoria, Common Sweetleaf.
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Horse Sugar, or, Sweet Leaf plants are the only host for Sweetleaf galls.

Green Tree Frog

Apr 30, 2018
American Green Tree Frog
Brett Hondow [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

This frog's range is expanding from the Coastal Plain to the Piedmont.

Gibraltar Import

Apr 27, 2018
Giant Fennel
James Gaither [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener brings a plant home to the Lowcountry from Gibraltar, and it's thriving!

Lowcountry Bones

Apr 26, 2018
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Lowcountry nature lovers share a cache of bones...

Grass Carp

Apr 25, 2018
Grass Carp.
Phil's 1stPix [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

These fish are a non-native species.

Courting Skinks

Apr 24, 2018
Broad-Headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps).
Peter Paplanas [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Broad-Headed Skinks together in the spring? Courtship, most likely.

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Rudy shares some words from "the poet."

Sunday is Earth Day

Apr 20, 2018
A little girl holding sign at a march. The sign depicts the earth and is captioned, "We need to understand."
bones64 [CC0 1.0]/Pixabay

A time to celebrate our home world.

Carpenter Bee.
Bob Peterson [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Carpenter Bees and butterflies...

Cormorant fishing the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
Andrea Westmoreland [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

You may see large numbers of these birds hunting for fish this time of year.

Coyote or Red Wolf?

Apr 17, 2018
A red wolf at the Land Between the Lakes recreation area in Kentucky.
Jim Liestman [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A sighting by a listener raises a question of identity.

A Black Squirrel?

Apr 16, 2018
SC Public Radio

The Fox Squirrel is larger than the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Both varieties can produce black, or melanistic, offspring.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars in their tent.
J. R. Carmichael [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Tent Caterpillars are out in force this time of year.

Is it a Water Moccasin?

Apr 12, 2018
Banded Water Snake
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

A couple spotted a snake sunning in Francis Beidler Forest...

The Luna Moth

Apr 11, 2018
Luna Moth - Actias luna.
Lynette Elliott [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

There are two broods of Luna Moth each year in South Carolina.

Gall Wasps

Apr 10, 2018
 A gall wasp (Cynipidae) oviposits into an existing oak gall.
Alex Wild, University of Texas at Austin, "Insects Unlocked" project. [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Varieties of Gall Wasps often have strict preference for the kind of plants they chose to host their young.

Oconee Bells

Apr 9, 2018
Oconee Bell Flower - Devils Fork State Park.
Jason AG [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The Oconee Bell is a rare flower of the southern Appalachians found only in a few locations in the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in moist wooded areas along streams.

Caterpillar of the Great Leopard Moth.
Bill Bumgarner [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

This moth is unusual in that it over-winters as a caterpillar.

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A listener finds two animal skulls and skeleton and turns to Rudy for help identifying.

Royal Paulownia

Apr 4, 2018
Royal Paulownia blossoms.
Famartin [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

These trees come from China, but, have been used as ornamentals in the South U. S. for many years.

The excavated soil and entrance hole to a Mining Bee's nest.
Rosser1954 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Mining Bee is solitary, but builds nests in "colonies."

Cedar-Apple Rust

Apr 2, 2018
Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae).
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University,

A listener finds an "orange, tentacled, 'blob'" on Cedar.

Eastern Garter snake, Florida.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

These snakes emerge from hibernation early in the Spring.

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Opossums are South Carolina's only marsupials.

Red Bellied Snake.
Todd Plerson [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

These small snakes are pretty common in backyards.

Balls of Silk

Mar 27, 2018
Basilica Orbweaver with Egg Sacks.
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener in West Columbia finds silk covered "balls" hanging from a tree limb.

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Pulling weeds from a flower bed, a listener finds the vertebrae of a bony fish.