Content about nature

Happy Harvest Time

Nov 23, 2017
SC Public Radio

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

The Marbled Orb Weaver

Nov 22, 2017
Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus).
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University,

A listener reports a spider that look a bit like a pumpkin.

Grizzled Mantis

Nov 21, 2017
Grizzled Mantis - Gonatista grisea
Richard Crook [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener makes a rare sighting: a Grizzled Mantis.

Mystery Chrysalis

Nov 20, 2017
Cloudless Sulphur pupa collected 21 July 1993 near Statesboro, Bulloch Co., Georgia USA.
Sturgis McKeever/Georgia Southern University

A listener finds a chrysalis in his yard and wonders what kind of butterfly will emerge.

Bluejay Feathers

Nov 17, 2017
Blue Jay feathers.

A listener finds some distinctive feathers...

Fishbones on the Beach

Nov 16, 2017
SC Public Radio

Interesting bones found on the beach..

Cooperhead Combat

Nov 15, 2017
A southern Copperhead.
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a pair of copperheads engaging in a "combat dance."

Hentz's Orb Weavers

Nov 14, 2017
Hentz's Orb weaver, Neoscona crucifera, dorsal view.
David Illig [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This spider hides during the day and comes out into the center of its web at night.

Stinkhorn (Phallus ravenelii).
Norman D. Davis,

Its common name says a lot about how this mushroom attracts flies and other insects to spread its spores.

Long-Tailed Skipper

Nov 10, 2017
A Long-Tailed Skipper.
Andreas Kay [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This beautiful butterfly is common in the Southeastern U.S.

A curve-lined owlet moth caterpillar.
Carol Snow Milne/YouTube

A listener spots a rarely-seen caterpillar.

SC Public Radio

A listener spots a black rat snake in the midst of "recycling" a hummingbird.

Saddlebag Dragonfly

Nov 7, 2017
A black saddlebags dragonfly.
David Cappaert,

The markings on the base of the hind wings are reminiscent of saddlebags bouncing on a horse in motion.

Tig Girdler Beetles

Nov 6, 2017
A twig girdler beetle.
Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series,

You may not often see twig girdler beetles in South Carolina, but, you will see their handy work.

Acorn Weevils

Nov 3, 2017
An acorn weevil.
Bruce Marlin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

The acorn weevil is common in South Carolina.

Black Tupelo

Nov 2, 2017
Black tupelo tree leaves turn brilliant red-orange in the fall.
Jean-Pol Grandmot [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Black tupelo, or black gum trees, are common in South Carolina and are among the first to change color in the fall.

Island Applesnails

Nov 1, 2017
An Island Apple Snail.
Roo Reynolds [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Apple Snails are an invasive species, released into South Carolina's environment by the dumping of aquariums by hobbyists.

Camel Crickets

Oct 31, 2017
A male camel cricket.
Jenn Forman Orth [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Camel crickets and closely related cave crickets belong to a large group of insects. They are found throughout the world with over 100 different kinds found in the United States and Canada.

"There is no season..."

Oct 30, 2017
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Matthew Brady/Library of Congress [Public Domain]

Sea Cucumbers

Oct 27, 2017
A sea cucumber.
US Embassy Canada

A listener finds hundreds of sea cucumbers on the beach at Pawleys Island.

Sooty Tern

Oct 26, 2017
An adult sooty tern.
Duncan Wright, USFWS [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

A lowcountry vet finds a juvenile sooty turn, likely blown in by a storm.

Heliconius charitonius (zebra longwing butterfly),Florida.
By James St. John [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The zebra longwing butterfly is not common in South Carolina.

Black Witch Moth

Oct 24, 2017
A male Ascalapha Odorata or commonly known as the Black Witch Moth.
Happycoder89 [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a black witch moth--a rare species for South Carolina.

Vaejovis carolinianus - Southern Unstriped Scorpion.
Glen Peterson [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The southern unstriped scorpion was, for many years, the only scorpion found in South Carolina

It is the only scorpion native to much of the Appalachian states: Kentucky, West Virginia (S), Virginia (SW), North and South Carolina (W), Georgia (North, not coastal or southern, where Centruroides hentzi is found), Alabama (N, ditto), Mississippi (NE), Louisiana (tiny, disjunct, area NE of Baton Rouge near MS border), and Tennessee.

Red Bats

Oct 20, 2017
Eastern Red Bat, Lasiurus borealis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)
Matthew O'Donnell [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Red bats are common South Carolina.

Red-Eyed Vireo

Oct 19, 2017
Red-eyed Vireo
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarre [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spots a red-eyed bird he cannot identify.

Smelly Caterpillar

Oct 18, 2017
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus)  Frozen Head Natural Area & State Park, Morgan County, Tennessee.
Michael Hodge [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The caterpillar of the spice bush swallowtail butterfly can produce a "strange" odor when disturbed.

Sistrurus miliaris miliaris, the Carolina pigmy rattlesnake.

Hiking in Mistletoe State Park a family finds two Carolina pigmy rattlesnakes, the most distinctly patterned, and variably colored subspecie of the pygmy rattlesnake group.

The snake ranges from eastern North Carolina, southwestward through most of South Carolina, across central Georgia and Alabama, and into a small portion of east central Mississippi.

"Woodbines in October"

Oct 16, 2017
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares poems by Charlotte Fiske Bates, "Woodbines in October," and "

A female common yellowthroat.
Tnolley [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

The female common yellowthroat songbird is harder to identify than the male, especially in its first year.