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

Planarian Flatworms

1 hour ago
A Land Planarian
Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Northern Parula Warbler

Nov 20, 2019
Northern Parula Warbler
Dan Pancamo [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This species is migratory, wintering in southern Florida, northern Central America, the West Indies and most of the Lesser Antilles.

The Wren on the Porch

Nov 19, 2019
A wren asleep on the porch. [CC BY-NC 4.0]

It's not an uncommon sight.

Mating "Walking Sticks"

Nov 18, 2019
A female two-striped walking stick mating with a male (top).
Mary Keim [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a pair of "Walkingsticks"...

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A listener finds two insects feasting on the same meal...

Hooded Warbler

Nov 14, 2019
A Hooded warbler
Brandon Trentler [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The hooded warbler (Setophaga citrina) breeds in eastern North America and across the eastern United States and into southernmost Canada (Ontario).

Cownose Ray

Nov 13, 2019
A dead Cownose ray on the beach
Terry Ross [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) is a species of eagle ray found throughout a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil.

Question Mark Butterfly

Nov 12, 2019
A Question Mark butterfly
William Warby [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Polygonia interrogationis, the Question Mark butterfly, is a North American nymphalid butterfly. It lives in wooded areas, city parks, generally in areas with a combination of trees and open space.

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Nov 11, 2019
A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Ashley Wahlberg (Tubbs) [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr

Common folk-names for the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in the southern United States are rain crow and storm crow. These likely refer to the bird's habit of calling on hot days, possibly presaging rain.

"If Ever in Autumn..."

Nov 8, 2019
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The Great Egret

Nov 7, 2019
A Great Egret
Googie man [GFD], via Wikimedia Commons

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret, or the American Egret,  is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water.

Corn Earworm Moth

Nov 6, 2019
A corn earworm moth
Lon&Queta [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener reports an unusual encounter with a moth...

Northern Sea Robin

Nov 5, 2019
A Sea Robin
Bemep [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The Triglidae, commonly known as sea robins or gurnard, are a family of bottom-feeding scorpaeniform fish. They get their name (sea robin) from the orange ventral surface of the species in the Western Atlantic (Prionotus carolinus) and from large pectoral fins, which, when swimming, open and close like a bird's wings in flight.

Joro Spider

Nov 4, 2019
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018.
University of Georgia Athens Extension

Nephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider genus. This Asian species has only recently been confirmed in the United States. Females can reach up to one meter in length.

Gray Catbird

Nov 1, 2019
The gray catbird, also spelled grey catbird
Wilfred Hdez [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a medium-sized North American and Central American perching bird of the mimid family.