|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|September to October||5pm to 8am|
|Scientific name||Homoeogryllus japonicus|
|Appearances||AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL|
|Rarity|| Rare (★★★★) (GCN games)|
Uncommon (★★★) (WW, CF)
|Regional names|| Grillo Campana |
Grillon du Midi
- "I caught a bell cricket! Odd, it doesn't look like money..." —New Leaf
The bell cricket (スズムシ, Suzumushi?) is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found in autumn, between the months of September and October. It can be found in tall grass in Animal Crossing. In Wild World and City Folk, it can be found anywhere on the ground and is easier to catch than in the previous game. The bell cricket's rarity varies across games, but is always the least common of the crickets.
Donating to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"I actually find their voices quite soothing. On an autumn evening, when their cries fill the air... Delightful! Their appearance however, is not in the least bit engaging, and actually borders on repugnant. As for myself, I find them no better than cockroaches. Blech! Vile. Vile indeed. Truly, dirtily vile, eh wot?"
In Wild World
"The chirping of the bell crickets is interesting and even rather charming, wot! But the movement of their wings when they cry out... Blech! Gives me hives..."
The bell cricket is located in the second bug room, in the square area of grass. If the player moves near it, the bell cricket will attempt to jump away from them.
In City Folk
"Bell crickets top my list of insects one should never look at directly... Such a vision of horror! A slick black body, long antennae, and foul wings that shake when it chirps! Blech! How can one be expected to abide such an odious monster?!"
The bell cricket is located on the second tier of the bug section, in the area just above the ramp from the first level.
In New Leaf
The chirping sound of bell crickets is considered beautiful and tends to represent the coming of fall. This easily recognizable chirping is created when males of the species rub their forewings together. The resulting sound is much higher in pitch than the human voice, so it can't be heard over a phone.
The bell cricket is located in the western back room of the bug exhibit, near the rafflesia.
- "I caught a bell cricket! I don't know the face...but the name sure rings a bell!" —Animal Crossing
- "スズムシだ! リン、リン! 小さな大三ユ―ジシヤン!" —Animal Forest
- "I caught a bell cricket! The littlest musician!" —Wild World
- "I caught a bell cricket! How many Bells is it worth?" —City Folk
| "Their chirps are extremely high pitched."|
- Main article: Suzumushi on Wikipedia
The bell cricket is a type of tree cricket found all over Japan. It grows to about 2cm in length and eats mainly plants and fungi. It is famous in Japan for its song, which is unique to each individual insect. This lets females of the species know about each individual male. In Kyoto there exists a temple where over fifty thousand bell crickets are raised every year. People travel there to meditate whilst listening to the crickets' song, which is said to represent the voice of Buddha.