NatureNotes

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on NatureNotes. These 1-minute snippets offer you a chance to find out about diverse topics having to do with the natural world. From the inner workings of our world's ecosystems, to plants & animals unique to South Carolina, to tips on beautiful sites to visit, you'll learn more about the world around you on NatureNotes.

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A Brown Widow spider.
Roy Niswanger/Flickr

Brown Widow Spiders are not native to South Carolina. They have moved northward from Florida.

An Eastern Lubber grasshopper.
Derrickchapman, via Wikimedia Commons

A young nature lover finds a large grasshopper at Brookgreen Gardens.

A Regal Jumping Spider
Tone Killick [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Phidippus regius, known commonly as the Regal Jumping Spider. It is the largest jumping spider in eastern North America.

A Green Crowned Slug caterpillar.
Benny Mazur [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Don't try to touch any variety of slug caterpillars you may find. They sting!

An Ant Lion.
Larry and Teddy Page [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Ant Lions are common in South Carolina. Before the undergo metamorphosis they are commonly called Doodle Bugs. As with the caterpillar and the butterfly, the differences between the larval and the adult stages are striking.

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