Brown Cicada

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"I caught a large brown cicada! ...Or is it just really dirty?" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a brown cicada! These guys are everywhere!" —Wild World
"I caught a brown cicada! I hope it's not afraid-a!" —City Folk
"I caught a brown cicada! These things are everywhere!" —New Leaf
Brown Cicada
Japanese アブラゼミ Korean 유지매미 Chinese 油蝉
French Cigale Cercope Italian Cicala Marrone Spanish Cigarra Marrón
German Braunzikade Dutch Bruine Cicade Russian Коричневая Цикада
Brown Cicada NH.png
Scientific name Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata
Family Cicadidae - Cicadas
Time of year July to August
January to February (Southern Hemisphere in NH)
Time of day 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Location On trees (hardwood/cedar trees in New Horizons)
Size 58 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price 200 Bells (Prior to New Horizons)
250 Bells (New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Brown Cicada is a common insect in the Animal Crossing series. It makes a unique chirping sound, which resembles what could be described as a continuous alarm or vibrating sound, rather than the regular chirp. The Brown Cicada can be sold for 200 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Brown Cicada
"I caught a brown cicada! Now it probably feels blue, cicada."

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 8 AM – 5 PM
Location On trees (hardwood and cedar)
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 375 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Animal Crossing[edit]

"Cicadas. What can one say about these odd insects? They are certainly...noisy! Noisy enough, I should say! Their horrid caterwauling is awfully irritating, you know. About as musical as a train wreck, eh wot? I'm sure that the cicadas have quite valid reasons for such boisterous behavior, but I dare say there are limits. And they have those membranes on their abdomens, which vibrate to create those disturbing tones...Odius."

City Folk[edit]

"Ah, hoo, the brown cicada. The call of this creature is said to sound like hot oil sputtering, eh wot? I'm rather not sure that hearing the sound of deep-frying on a hot summer night is a pleasant thing..."

It can be found in the middle terrace, on the front-most tree of the middle island, sharing it with the Robust Cicada.

New Horizons[edit]

"Cicadas are obnoxious insects. And not just brown cicadas mind you... but all cicadas! They flex ribbed membranes on their torso called tymbals to make a loud snapping sound. So rude! Hoo! Yes, it is only the males who make the noise. Sometimes at a volume that can produce pain at close range! Appallingly inconsiderate, I must say..."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

After the player has caught a brown cicada for the first time, they can find information about it in the bug tab of their encyclopedia.

Wild World[edit]

Brown Cicada WW Sprite.png    ''In some cultures, its cry is said to resemble the sound of frying."
  • Size- 58 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Midday

City Folk[edit]

Brown Cicada CF Icon.png     ''In some cultures, the chirping of these insects is said to resemble frying sounds."
  • Size- About 58 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Morning to dusk

Further information[edit]

The Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata (large brown cicada) is called tatarakihi by the locals, in their native language, Maori. Much like all cicadas, the brown cicada has transparent wings, small bodies in comparison, and large eyes on either side of their heads. They are considered a pest by farmers because they attack and eat crops.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アブラゼミ
Lit. "oil cicada"

Korean 유지매미
Brown cicada

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
油蝉 / 油蟬
Translation of Japanese name

Russian Коричневая цикада
Korichnevaya Tsykada
Brown cicada

Dutch Bruine cicade Brown cicada

German Braunzikade Brown cicada

European Spanish Cigarra marrón Brown cicada

European French Cigale cercope

Italian Cicala m Brown cicada

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