Insects, Spiders and Mites
Back in early July, 2023, whilst walking the farm we came across this startling vista. It is mind boggling to think of how many spiders reside within our farming ecosystem. They represent top order predators in the lower grassland strata. To support this many spiders, there must be considerable insects flying into their webs and being consumed. That number then must require a considerable quantity of smaller critters, and so on, down to the soil biology supporting the whole pyramid.
The Common Brown Butterfly can be astounding in number and activity. Another ecological indicator of our biodiversity.
We have added this video from our soil page. It fits here very well and demonstrates further ecological diversity within our grazing paddocks.
Here we have the Horehound Bug. An Australian native that loves spending time sucking the sap of the weed horehound.