In NatureNotes, naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on ETV Radio.

Scarlet Kingsnakes

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

The scarlet kingsnake is a species of kingsnake found in the southeastern and eastern portions of the United States. Like all kingsnakes, they are nonvenomous.

Potter Wasp Nest

Sep 19, 2019
A potter wasp nest
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds what looks like a miniature earthen "pot" on a plant...

Ringneck Snake

Sep 18, 2019
A Ringneck snake
Jim Avitalle [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, is a harmless species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are rarely seen during the day time.

Mating Slugs

Sep 17, 2019
SC Public Radio

A listener sees a mating pair of slugs...

"Walking Sticks"

Sep 16, 2019
A Walking Stick
Eden, Janine and Jim [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Phasmatodea are an order of insects whose members are variously known as stick insects, stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks.

Green Lynx spider
Clinton & Charles Robertson from Texas, USA (Flickr), via Wikimedia Commons

Tis the time of year for big spiders...

Timber Rattlesnakes

Sep 12, 2019
A typically marked Timber rattlesnake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper endemic to eastern North America.

A groundhog, AKA woodchuck
Brett Marshall, Sault College,

The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Sep 10, 2019
An Ailanthus Webworm moth
C. Watts [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The ailanthus webworm moth is an ermine moth now found commonly in the United States.

Brown Anole

Sep 9, 2019
A brown anole.
Michael Klotz [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The brown anole, also known as the Bahaman anole, is a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas.

The Brown Widow

Aug 30, 2019
Brown Widow - Latrodectus geometricus
Roy Niswanger [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The hourglass shape on the underside of the Brown Widow spider is the chief identifying trait. This spider is dangerous to humans.

Stung by a Caterpillar

Aug 29, 2019
Puss caterpillar.
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University,

The caterpillar of the Southern Flannel moth, the Puss caterpillar, does have stinging bristles.

A Spitting spider.
André Karwath, via Wikimedia Commons

The Spitting spider is not dangerous to humans.

Carolina Manits

Aug 27, 2019
Immature female Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina)
Kaldari [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds the nymph of a Carolina Mantis which has yet to fully form its wings.

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

A listener finds a Northern Redbellied Snake.