Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ~ Phone: (02) 43751100
Our Address ~ 1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga NSW, Australia 2250 ~
info @walkaboutpark.com.au

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Cicadas

What's That Noise ! Cicadas are insects. There are more than 200 kinds of Australian cicadas. Adult cicadas live on trees, but before that they live under the ground. Adults have thick bodies covered with a hard skin. The mouth parts of the cicada that are used to pierce the surface of plants to suck out the juices are called stylets.

Cicadas feed by piercing the surface of plants with their mouth stylets. They then suck up the sap through a tube formed by the concave surfaces of two of the stylets. This piercing and sucking kind of feeding apparatus can be contrasted with the biting and chewing kind found in grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles and caterpillars.

Cicadas have two pairs of glassy, veined wings. The wing span of the smallest species is about 2.5 centimetres. The largest species can have a wing span of up to 15 centimetres. Many people mistake them for large house flies! Cicadas are harmless to people - but they can certainly be very noisy.

Cicadas are raucous and ear-splitting singers! The song is a mating call produced by the males only. Each species has its own distinctive call and only attracts females of its own kind even though rather similar species may co-exist.

Interesting Facts

There are more than 200 species in Oz.
Cicadas are harmless to people.
Cicadas suck juice from plants.
Cicadas have large compound eyes as well as three very small simple eyes on the top of the head.
Cicadas are the only insects to have developed such an effective and specialised means of producing sound. Some large species such as the Greengrocer/Yellow Monday and the Double Drummer produce a noise intensity in excess of 120 dB at close range (this is approaching the pain threshold of the human ear). In contrast, some small species have songs so high in pitch that the noise is beyond the range of our hearing.
Adult cicadas have three pairs of legs. Cicadas have large compound eyes as well as three very small simple eyes on the top of the head.
Black Prince, the Green Grocer and the Double Drummer are the common names for three of the major species of Australian cicada.

After mating, the female makes a slit in the branch of a tree and lays her eggs in it. She does both of these things with a strong, sharp egg laying spike called the ovipositor. In about 6 weeks, the eggs hatch and tiny nymphs drop to the ground and burrow into the soil. The nymphs feed by sucking the sap from the roots of the tree with their feeding tubes. Cicada nymphs can live for up to seven years underground, moulting (shedding their skin)as they grow because their skin does not stretch.

Cicada Nymphs

When the nymphs are fully grown, they burrow out of the soil and climb up a tree. They moult for the last time, and emerge as adult cicadas with wings. Adult males attract a female to mate by making a singing noise using a part of the body called the tymbal. Adult cicadas live for only a few weeks. Birds eat cicadas and wasps lay their eggs in them.

 

Opening times

Open every day except Christmas Day.eee

Day time visitors do not need to book

Open at 9am - Every day

Close at 5pm - Every day

Evening and overnight experiences 
must be pre-booked

Contact us

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga, NSW Australia 2250 • Phone (02) 43751100 • Outside Aus +61 2 43751100 • Fax (02) 43751257

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Park Entry Prices

For group programs or for a private ranger-led tour, contact us for a quote.

Standard Tickets
$25.00
$15.00
Adult
Child - aged 3 to 15 years
   
Family Discounts
$70.00
$10.00
Family - 2 adults + 2 children
Extra child - with $70 Family Pass
   
Free Entry - eligibility conditions apply
No charge
No charge
Child - aged 0 to 2 years
Carer with Companion Card - accompanying disabled client
   
$20 Discount Tickets - must show ID Card
Teacher
Student
Senior
Pensioner
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate

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Ranger-led activities

Admission price includes daily ranger-led activities.

Please check with us as program may change.

 

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4:00

Meet Waffles the Pig
Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Boomerang throwing
Dingo encounter
Koala encounter
Pat a Python
Echidna encounter
Night Hunters - Predator Birds

Tasmanian Devil encounter
Koala feed-time
Bare-Nosed Wombat encounter
Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine
Aboriginal Sites visit (only on
weekends & holidays)

Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Flying Fox introduction

0:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
10:30 Meet Billy Bilby
11:00 Koala Talk
11:30 Meet a Dingo
12:00 Boomerang Throwing
12:30 Pat a Python
1:00 Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine (weekends & holidays only)
1.00 Bush-Ochre Face Painting and Bunny Fun in the Farmyard
1:45 Lizards, Turtles and Dragons
2:15 Tazzie Devil Feeding 
2.30 Quoll Feeding
2:45 Koala Feeding
3:15 Flying Fox Feeding
3:30 Wombat Feeding
4:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
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