Mammals of Southern Clermont County, Ohio with Notes on the Food Habits of Four Species of Bats

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The mammals of wood and openland habitats adjacent to the Ohio River were sampled during May, June, July, and October 1984 using mist nets and live, pit, and snap traps. Four species of bats were netted; 13 species of large mammals, or their sign, were observed; and eight species of small mammals were trapped. Snap trap and live trap success was greatest in red cedar upland and immature upland forests, respectively. Pit trap success was greatest in recently disturbed areas. Species diversity was greatest for all three trap methods in recently disturbed areas. Food habitats of bats were determined via fecal analysis. Moths and beetles were the primary prey of 12 red bats; big brown bats ate beetles. A juvenile hoary bat, the first recorded from Clermont County, ate largely lace wings; an eastern pipistrelle was more of a generalist, eating moths, beetles, flies, caddisflies, leaf hoppers, and ants.


Author Institution: WAPORA, Inc.



The Ohio Journal of Science. v87, n4 (September, 1987), 130-133