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


Jul 19, 2019
An Anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This large bird is mostly found on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

A Sycamore Tussock Moth caterpillar
muscogeegirl [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This is a widespread species in the U. S. 

Water Jewels

Jul 17, 2019
SC Public Radio

"A million little diamons twinkled on the trees..."

Summer Tanager

Jul 16, 2019
A male Summer Tanager.
Julian Londono, Flickr

The Summer Tanager migrates to South Carolina in the summer months.

Leaf-Footed Bug

Jul 15, 2019
Leaf-Footed Bug
Katja Schulz via Wikimedia Commons

This insect is also called a Stinkbug.

The Regal Moth

Jul 12, 2019
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

This large moth is also known as the Royal Walnut moth.

A Wool Sewer Gall.
Jessica Lucia [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The Wool Sewer Gall looks like wool in the trees.

Eastern Dobsonfly

Jul 10, 2019
A male Dobsonfly.
Geoff Gallice, via Wikimedia Commons

The male Dobsonfly has large mandibles used to grip the female during mating.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar which is approaching the time when it will form a chrysalis.
Scott Robinson [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

These caterpillars darken in color as they mature.

An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus
Geoff Gallice, Gainesville, FL; via Wikimedia Commons

A listener makes an unusual snake sighting...

American Lady

Jul 5, 2019
American Lady butterfly.
Anne Toal, via Wikimedia Commons

The American Lady, or American Painted Lady, has two eyespots on the underside of the hindwing.

An adult Black Rat Snake.

Yes, a Black Ratsnake can climb a brick wall.

Mystery Caterpillar

Jul 3, 2019
Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar - Epargyreus clarus
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a caterpillar of a Silver-Spotted Skipper.

A "Hammerhead Slug"?

Jul 2, 2019
A Land Planarian
Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a Terrestrial Flatworm in the backyard.

Oblong Winged Katydid

Jul 1, 2019
The oblong-winged katydid, Amblycorypha oblongifolia
Shiv's fotografia [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Katydids have sound receptors on their front legs.

A Big Dragonfly

Jun 28, 2019
Swamp darner (Epiaeschna heros)
Vicki DeLoach [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The Swamp Darner is one of the largest Dragonflies found in South Carolina.

Ring Necked Pheasant

Jun 27, 2019
A Ring Necked Pheasant
Becky Matsubura [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This Eurasian bird has been widely introduced to this country as a game bird.

Mystery Feather

Jun 26, 2019
Red Tailed Hawk
Peter K Burian [CC BY 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Listener's in Georgetown find a feather from a Red Tailed Hawk.

Ghost Shrimp

Jun 25, 2019
A Ghost Shrimp
Ken-ichi Ueda [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

These ghostly-white crustaceans live in the intertidal zone, burrowed into the earth.

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Jun 24, 2019
A Brown-Headed Cowbird [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This bird is widespread in South Carolina.

Happy Summer Solstice

Jun 21, 2019
SC Public Radio

Today the northern hemisphere experiences it's the longest period of sunlight for the year.

Black and White Tegu

Jun 20, 2019
A Black and White Tegu.
Patricia Carabelli [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This large lizard, native to Central and South Amercia, was found on the loose in the Midlands of South Carolina.

A Brown Pelican.
Ingrid Taylor [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Usually, these birds are found on the coast, so, it's unusual to find them in the Midlands.

Bluehead Chub

Jun 18, 2019
SC Public Radio

The male Blue Head Chub develops horn-like projections on its head during spawning season. Hence, one of the common names for the speices is "Horny Heads."

Green Horse Fly

Jun 17, 2019
Green Horse Fly (Chlorotabanus crepuscularis) on Spotted Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata)  Orlando Wetlands Park, Orange County, FL, July 2013.
Mary Keim [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This horse fly is active at dusk or dawn.

Legless Lizards

Jun 14, 2019
The Eastern Glass Lizard is a common legless lizard.
Bert Cash/Flickr

Legless Lizards, unlike snakes, have eyelids and ears.

Eastern King Snake

Jun 13, 2019
An Eastern King Snake
Paul [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The chain-like pattern on this non-venomous snake can help identify it.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Boynton Beach, FL
Michael Klotz [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The range for these birds has only recently expanded into South Carolina.

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

The Southern Unstripped Scorpion lives mostly in the mountains and Piedmont. The stripped scorpion can occasionally be found on the lower Coastal Plain.

Broadheaded Skink

Jun 10, 2019
Broad-Headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps).
Peter Paplanas [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

These very large lizards feed on insects and spiders.