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Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm

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Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm

The (ugly) romantic trumpet player

The mysterious mole cricket is the platypus of the insect world and a romantic singer. The mole cricket looks like a project that was interrupted, and when the creators came back to finish the job, they simply added a whole new section to what they had started.

Like the fantastic platypus, the mole cricket looks like a mole at the front end and cricket at the rear end. Technically it is a cricket, but it acts a bit like a mole living most of its life underground and burrowed. It is a cleaver tunnel maker. The male creates a double trumpet tunnel with an escape route behind it, sitting in the middle of the trumpet tunnel to amplify its song when it is calling a mate.

The Mole cricket looks quite scary but is harmless. They are not commonly sighted, usually hiding from predators (like the blue ant wasp) underground. The female is the durable flyer, and she responds to the mating song, and the mating dance happens on the surface before they retreat to their reclusive burrows.

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ORGANIC LIFE

Organic Life – stories from the farm

Organic gardening is not about just substituting toxic chemicals with less toxic ones, but about a whole different way of thinking and working. It is a conscious effort to cooperate with Nature in the creation of health and abundance for all.

Heide Hermary

The Essence of Organic Gardening

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ORGANIC LIFE

The bees have moved in to the spare room

We learned the ropes of beekeeping in Australia for some years with a few urban hives. These were Apis mellifera (commonly called European Honey Bees (EHB) though they probably originated in Egypt). But since establishing 5EyesFarm in Java, Indonesia, we are...

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