Content about nature

Ant Lion Pits

Jan 4, 2018
Ant lion larva (Myrmeleontidae).
NPS/Robb Hannawacker

The indentations around the nest of an Ant Lion larva are for trapping prey.

Deer in the Lake

Jan 3, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener sees a group of deer dashing into Lake Murray. Unusual?

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares words from Henri-Frédéric Amiel's journal:

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2018
SC Public Radio

Start the year with a nature walk!

Southern Flying Squirrel
Ken Thomas via Wikimedia Commons

Listeners rescue a small squirrel that usually sleeps during the day.

Cooper's Hawk

Dec 28, 2017
A Cooper's Hawk
TexasEagle [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

This splendid bird of prey can be identified by its long tail and relatively short wings.

Mediterranean Gecko

Dec 27, 2017
A Mediterranean Gecko.
Nathan Vaughn/Flickr

A listener spots a lizard near Charleston harbor...

Bearded Hedgehog Fungus
Lebrac, via Wikimedia Commons

Some naturalists find a massive fungus, sometimes known as a Lion's Mane fungus.

SC Public Radio

Is it any wonder that Rudy Mancke's most requested-of-Santa gifts over the years have been books on nature?

Coyote Photo Op

Dec 22, 2017
A coyote

Coyote populations are growing in South Carolina.

Happy Winter Solstice

Dec 21, 2017
SC Public Radio

We wish you a happy Winter Solstice!

Mantis Egg Case

Dec 20, 2017
The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Here's a good suggestion for what to do with that mantis egg case you found on your Christmas tree.


Dec 19, 2017
A bowfin in an aquarium.
Stan Shebs [CC-BY-SA-3.0]], via Wikimedia Commons

The bowfin is the only remaining representative of a kind of fish once plentiful in eons past.

A male Golden Silk Orb Weaver (top) is a lot smaller than a female .
Coveredinsevindust, via Wikimedia Commons

This spider is becoming more and more common across the state.

Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicanus)
J. N. Stuart [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a bat in the office (!) and wonders what species it was. The tail gives it away.

Yellow Rat Snake

Dec 14, 2017
Yellow Rat Snake
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia,

This species of rat snake is typical on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Broad-headed Skink

Dec 13, 2017
Broad-Headed Skink
Chris Evans, University of Illinois,

Among the creatures a listener had captured on film was a Broad-Headed Skink.


Dec 12, 2017
Matthew Hoelscher [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Caught by a listener off of Edisto Beach, a type of fish he'd never seen before...

The Wood Stork

Dec 11, 2017
Wood Stork
Irene Atkinson,

A listener in Awendaw, SC, spots a large bird with an "odd bill."

Giant ground sloths, relatives of the living South American tree sloths, lived across much of North America.
jjsala [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds the fossilized bones of a giant ground sloth.

Puss caterpillar.
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University,

The caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth, the Puss caterpillar has bristles that sting.

The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Why would some stink bugs be interested...?

Fishbones by the Lake

Dec 5, 2017
SC Public Radio

A listener hiking alongside Lake Moultrie finds a skeleton...

Wrens in the Corner

Dec 4, 2017
A wren asleep on the porch. [CC BY-NC 4.0]

It's a common sight.

Arbor Day

Dec 1, 2017
J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Library of Congress

Today is a great day to plant a tree! Rudy shares the story of the creation of Arbor Day.

A Slender Predator

Nov 30, 2017
A thread-legged bug.
Ilona L [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Some families of thread-legged bugs are predators.


Nov 29, 2017
A common Raven.
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service,

Ravens make a wide variety of calls. You can find these birds in the mountains of South Carolina.

Mournful Sphinx Moth

Nov 28, 2017
A Mournful Sphinx moth, Enyo lugubris.
pondhawk [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Mournful Sphinx moth's range is expanding northward.


Nov 27, 2017
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a poem, "November," by Thomas Hood. (The poem is also published as "No!")

A Spotted Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca lineata.
image via

The Spotted Bird Grasshopper is common in South Carolina, and is one of the largest species we have.