NatureNotes with Rudy Mancke

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Each weekday naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of SCETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.
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2019-11-15 10:28
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The Mantis, the Yellowjacker, and the Grasshopper

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

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

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.
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Question Mark Butterfly

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.
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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

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.
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"If Ever in Autumn..."

Rudy shares some words about Autumn from John Ruskin .
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The Great Egret

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 tropic...
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Corn Earworm Moth

A listener reports an unusual encounter with a moth...
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Northern Sea Robin

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 pecto...
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Joro Spider

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.
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Gray Catbird

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

Rudy shares words of welcome for one of his favorite times of year.
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Bird's Nest Fungus

The fruiting bodies of bird's nest fungiresemble tiny egg-filled birds' nests.
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Stink Bug Encounter

A listener describes an encounter with a stink bug...
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White-Breasted Nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches and is able to move head-first down trees.
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A Raccoon Can Help Persimmon Seeds Germinate

A listener finds some scat containing Persimmon seeds and asks Rudy for the animal's ID. It turns out that a trip through a Raccoon's disgestive tract can actually help those seeds germinate.
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Don't Be Alarmed By the Red Markings on this Spider

Some people mistake the red-markings on the Orchard Orbweaver for those on a Black Widow spider. But, the Orchard spider is harmless to humans.
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Gulf Fritillary

The Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is a bright orange butterfly in the subfamily Heliconiinae of the family Nymphalidae.
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Cloudless Sulpher Butterfly Chrysalis

Rudy identifies a butterfly chrysalis for a listener...
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Cochineal Scale Insects

The white, fungus-like material on prickly pear or related cacti is produced by cochineal, Dactylopius coccus.
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Eastern Hognose Snake

The Eastern Hognose snake, Heterodon platirhinos, is found from eastern-central Minnesota, and Wisconsin to southern Ontario, Canada and extreme southern New Hampshire, south to southern Florida and west to eastern Texas and western Kansas.
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Some Words for Autumn

Rudy shares some favorite verses about one of his favorite times of year.
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The name witch in witch-hazel has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning "pliant" or "bendable", and is not related to the word witch.
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Glowworm Beetles

The beetle family Phengodidae is also known as Glowworm Beetles; their larvae are known as glowworms. The females and larvae have bioluminescent organs.
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Contracted Daytana Moth

The Contracted Datana, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. It is found from Maine to Florida west to Arkansas and Wisconsin.
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Copperheads at the House

A listener reports finding two juvenile snakes, one inside his house. He handled both carefully - which was a very good idea!
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Black Rat Snakes

Black Rat Snakes, recognizable by the black blotches on their gray skin, are out this time of year. They are non-venomous.
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White Ibis

The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) has overall white plumage, a bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight.
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The Lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of march fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. It is also known as the honeymoon fly or double-headed bug. During and after mating, matured...
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Nessus Sphinx Moth

The Nessus sphinx, Amphion floridensis, is a day-flying moth that lives throughout the eastern United States and Canada and occasionally south into Mexico. It is one of the more commonly encountered day-flying moths in the region, easily recognized by ...
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Imperial Moth Caterpillar

This time of year, these horned caterpillars are quite large.
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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Some listeners find a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar that is about to pupate.
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Sea Pens

A listener finds some shells on the beach at the Isle of Palms...
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Orchard Spider

This small orbweaver has red markings, but, it is not a problem for people or pets.
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Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet Autumn Clematis was introduced to South Carolina.
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Mystery Plants

There are several plants growing this time of year that listeners have asked Rudy to identify.
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The Wasp and the Caterpillar

A listener shares the story of the labors of a Common Thread Waisted wasp's labors.
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Saddleback Caterpillar

The saddleback caterpillar, Acharia stimulea is primarily green with brown at either end and a prominent white-ringed brown dot in the center which resembles a saddle. It has very potent stinging bristles at each end and along the sides.
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American Woodcock

The American woodcock (Scolopax minor), is most often found on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the its plumage provides excellent camouflage.
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Autumn Equinox

Today is the first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere.
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Scarlet Kingsnakes

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.
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Potter Wasp Nest

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

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 sna...
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Mating Slugs

A listener sees a mating pair of slugs...
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"Walking Sticks"

The Phasmatodea are an order of insects whose members are variously known as stick insects, stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks.
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This Time of Year, Spiders Are Full Grown

Tis the time of year for big spiders...
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Timber Rattlesnakes

The timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper endemic to eastern North America.
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Woodchuck on the Swamp Rabbit Trail

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.
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Ailanthus Webworm Moth

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

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