We examined the stomach contents of 374 eastern moles (Scalopus aquaticus)
collected throughout the year from the Coastal Plain region of South Caroli
na. On average, stomach contents of males weighed significantly more than d
id those of females. Fifty-two different food items were recorded. The thre
e most important foods were scarabaeid beetle larvae, ants and centipedes.
Earthworms were observed in only 8.3% of the stomachs examined and represen
ted only about 3% of the mean percent volume of the diet. Ants comprised 15
.4% of the total volume. Twenty-nine species of ant were recorded; of these
, four were taxa not previously reported to occur on the SRS. The imported
red fire ant Solenopsis invicta was common within the study area; however,
no individuals of this species were found in any of the mole stomachs.