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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

They don't sting

Whip Scorpions are not actually scorpions. Nor are they spiders. But they ae related to both. Theirs is a unique classification:

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Arthropoda
Class – Arachnida
Order – Uropygi

They look as creepy as the deadliest of spiders or the slickest of scorpions but are harmless except they spray a vinegar like substance into the air to help fend off trouble. They trace their ancestory back to the giant 3 meter long water scorpions of prehistory but the biggest of these grows to 8 cm.

The babies, when hatched attch to the mothers back and get carried around like royalty for a while in minature adult form. They have to shed their casing in order to grow and do so four times before reaching aduthood.

I’m off to find some discarded casings around the place.

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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