A Closer Look
Some of the wild here has inspired us to take a closer look at 5EyesFarm. The bio-diversity and ecology of this little farm are breathtaking at a smaller scale. We invite you to zoom in with us past the tangible vegetables and fruits to explore the earth and its lacing partners, the critters and creepy crawlies that make this place what it is.
As we have transformed the farm to organic and continued to restore the soil, the land and the environment, we have noticed the animal population growing. This project – A Closer Look – is designed to capture the story of the creatures who come to the farm – the pests, the predators and the beneficial non-human life forms. This web of life – this ecology and biodiversity is worthy of recording and tracking and is a fascinating legacy of nature between the trees.
A context without synthetic chemicals certainly attracts a lot of life. As we improve the soil and plant more diverse foods and fruits, the earth explodes with beneficial bacterium and microorganisms, worms and bugs that continue the positive cycles of creating humus and healthier soil. The context brings life abundant and life attracts life.
As time goes by, we see more butterflies, more dragonflies, more grasshoppers: a soft-shelled turtle, a possum or a crab. We see more lady beetles and more birds. Pollinating insects and mammals come along. They all want something and sometimes they want each other.
‘A Closer Look’ is a journey that will be updated as we go. If you wish to come along for the ride and see developments, new photographs or videos, share in discoveries please sign up. Maybe you can contribute your knowledge and help us learn more about the habitats and animals here as we catalogue them.
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Draco is a genus of agamid lizards that are also known as flying lizards, flying dragons or gliding lizards. These lizards are capable of gliding flight; their ribs and their connecting membrane may be extended to create “wings” (patagia), the hindlimbs are flattened and wing-like in cross-section, and a flap on the neck (the gular flag) serves as a horizontal stabilizer and are sometimes used in warning to others. Draco are arboreal insectivores.
Golden Orb - Friend of the farm
Many of these large orb-weavers (Nephila pilipes) have set up camp around the farm. They regulate pets and keep mites, mosquitoes flies and other small invaders at bay. They are magical to watch building their elaborate homes and traps. These large trappers are all female and their husbands are tiny (you can hardly see them). Once mating has taken place the husband is ceremoniously eaten – usually still alive! These spiders are harmless to humans but they are great huntresses. For more on this story see Nesta – A Spider Story
The Long-Horn is a beetle from a big family. While they are considered with a frown for their wood-boring tendencies, never has such a strangely extraterrestrial 6 legger walker across our path. Truly majestic this one.
There are so many long-horn subspecies that it took a while to find. Thanks to the work of http://potokito.blogspot.com we think this is the one.
Long horn beetle (Batocera Sp.) was found here on the farm in February 2020.
These beetles are considered either a bio pest or on the other hand a collectors item. Eitherway their days are numbered as they are large and slow and easy to catch (if they are not taking one of their short flights).
Phylum : Arthropoda – Arthropods
Class : Insecta – Insects
Order : Coleoptera – Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga – Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Chrysomeloidea – Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
Family : Cerambycidae – Longhorned Beetles
Subfamily : Lamiinae
Genus : Batocera
Species : Batocera numitor (Newman, 1842)