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
BrownCicada.jpg
Scientific name Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata
Family Cicadidae - Cicadas
Time of year July to August
Time of day 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Location On trees
Size 58 mm
Rarity Very common
Selling price 200 Bells
Appearances Doubutsu no Mori,
Doubutsu no Mori+,
Animal Crossing,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Brown Cicada (アブラゼミ, Aburazemi) 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.

Donating to the museum[edit]

In 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."

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donation of the Brown Cicada to the museum, Blathers the curator will make a comment: "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.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Brown Cicada (Wild World).gif ''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 (City Folk).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]

Language Name Meaning
French Cigale cercope


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