Naturenotes With Rudy Mancke


Each weekday naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of SCETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.


  • Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

    Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

    17/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    A listener reports the strange reactions of some caterpillar on his parsley.

  • A Tale of Two Swallowtails

    A Tale of Two Swallowtails

    16/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    A listener reports two butterflies, each different from the other, tussling near a flower...

  • Rainpool Glider

    Rainpool Glider

    15/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Pantala is a genus of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae commonly called the rainpool gliders. They are found almost worldwide.

  • Hickory Horned Devil

    Hickory Horned Devil

    14/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    The caterpillars for the regal moth are called hickory horned devils. Citheronia regalis, the regal moth or royal walnut moth, is a North American moth in the family Saturniidae. The adult has a wingspan of 3.75-6.1 inches!

  • Edisto Island Creatures

    Edisto Island Creatures

    11/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Some listeners find evidence of Leafcutter Bee and sight a Texas Horned Lizard.

  • Water Scorpion

    Water Scorpion

    10/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Nepidae is a family of exclusively aquatic Heteropteran insects in the order Hemiptera. They are commonly called water scorpions for their superficial resemblance to scorpions, due to their raptorial forelegs and the presence of a long slender process at the posterior end of the abdomen, resembling a tail.

  • Vireos


    09/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    The red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus) is a small American songbird, 5.1–5.5 in in length. It is somewhat warbler-like but not closely related to the New World warblers (Parulidae).

  • Life Cycle of Black Swallowtail Butterflies

    Life Cycle of Black Swallowtail Butterflies

    08/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Papilio polyxenes, the (eastern) black swallowtail, American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America.

  • Green Lynx Spider

    Green Lynx Spider

    07/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Peucetia viridans, the green lynx spider, is a bright-green lynx spider usually found on green plants. It is the largest North American species in the family Oxyopidae.

  • Hercules Beetle

    Hercules Beetle

    04/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Dynastes tityus, the eastern Hercules beetle, is a species of rhinoceros beetle that lives in the Eastern United States.

  • Renilla Reniformis

    Renilla Reniformis

    03/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    The sea pansy, Renilla reniformis, is a species of colonial cnidarian in the family Renillidae, part of an octocoral subclass of Anthozoa that inhabit an expansive range of environments. It is native to warm continental shelf waters of the Western Hemisphere. It is frequently found washed ashore on North East Florida beaches following northeasterly winds or rough surf conditions. It also can often be found living intertidally completely buried in the sand.

  • Calico Box Crab

    Calico Box Crab

    02/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Hepatus epheliticus, known by various names, including the calico crab and Dolly Varden crab, is a species of crab that lives in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay to the Dominican Republic.

  • Dragon of the Sky

    Dragon of the Sky

    01/09/2020 Duración: 01min

    Rudy shares some poetic words about dragonflies.

  • Fox Squirrel

    Fox Squirrel

    31/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), also known as the eastern fox squirrel or Bryant's fox squirrel, is the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America.

  • Glowworm Beetles

    Glowworm Beetles

    28/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    The beetle family Phengodidae is known also as glowworm beetles, whose larvae are known as glowworms. The females and larvae have bioluminescent organs. They occur throughout the New World from extreme southern Canada to Chile. A railroad worm is a larva or larviform female adult of a beetle of the genus Phrixothrix in the family Phengodidae, characterized by the possession of two different colors of bioluminescence.

  • Copes Gray Tree Frog

    Cope's Gray Tree Frog

    27/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    Cope's gray tree frog (Dryophytes chrysoscelis), also called the southern gray tree frog is a species of tree frog found in the United States.

  • Gray Petaltail Dragonfly

    Gray Petaltail Dragonfly

    26/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    Tachopteryx thoreyi, commonly known as the gray petaltail and Thorey's grayback, is a species of dragonfly. It is native to the East Coast of the United States as far north as New York, as far south as Florida, and as far west as Texas.

  • Imperial Moths

    Imperial Moths

    25/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    Imperial moths (their many regional morphs, subspecies, and sibling species) range from Argentina to Canada and from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast.

  • Earthquakes


    24/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    The recent earthquake reminds us that the Carolinas have their faults.

  • More Mystery Bones on the Beach

    More Mystery Bones on the Beach

    21/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    A listener finds a few vertebrae on the beach, along with a bone he doesn't recognize...