Content about nature

Fishbones by the Lake

Dec 5, 2017
SC Public Radio

A listener hiking alongside Lake Moultrie finds a skeleton...

Wrens in the Corner

Dec 4, 2017
A wren asleep on the porch. [CC BY-NC 4.0]

It's a common sight.

Arbor Day

Dec 1, 2017
J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Library of Congress

Today is a great day to plant a tree! Rudy shares the story of the creation of Arbor Day.

A Slender Predator

Nov 30, 2017
A thread-legged bug.
Ilona L [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Some families of thread-legged bugs are predators.


Nov 29, 2017
A common Raven.
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service,

Ravens make a wide variety of calls. You can find these birds in the mountains of South Carolina.

Mournful Sphinx Moth

Nov 28, 2017
A Mournful Sphinx moth, Enyo lugubris.
pondhawk [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Mournful Sphinx moth's range is expanding northward.


Nov 27, 2017
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a poem, "November," by Thomas Hood. (The poem is also published as "No!")

A Spotted Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca lineata.
image via

The Spotted Bird Grasshopper is common in South Carolina, and is one of the largest species we have.

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 Orb Weavers

Nov 14, 2017
Hentz's orb weaver (Neoscona crucifera).
Joseph Berger,

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.