Brown cicada
アブラゼミ Aburazemi
Brown cicada encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
On trees 200 Bells
Size Available in rain
58 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
July to August 8am to 5pm
Scientific name Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata
Family Cicadidae - Cicadas
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Cigale cercope
Flag of Germany small Erdzikade
Flag of Italy small Cicala marrone
Flag of Spain Cigarra marrón
"I caught a brown cicada! These things are everywhere!" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The brown cicada (アブラゼミ, Aburazemi?) is a common bug in the Animal Crossing series. It makes a unique chirping sound, which resembles what could be described as a continuous hissing rattle or vibrating (it is described in-game as the sound of frying). It is the most common of the cicada family and can be found alongside the robust, walker and evening cicadas at the right time of the day. It is limited to only summer. Because of this, in New Leaf, it is considered a seasonal item when placed as furniture in the house, giving bonus points from the Happy Home Academy during summer.

Donating to the museum

Like all bugs, the brown cicada can be donated to the Museum.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers will say:

"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 Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"It's common knowledge that cicadas spend much of their lives in the ground, but... They are STILL too noisy! Honestly, they could be a slight more courteous, wot? Hoo, but then again, who would expect a wretched bug to have manners?"

In City Folk

"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.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"The crying of brown cicadas is usually associated with the sound of hot oil sputtering. Their wings are brown instead of being transparent, making them a rare species throughout the world. While completely harmless by themselves, in swarms they can cause devastation to crops."

Capture quotes

"I caught a large brown cicada! (Or is he just really dirty?)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a brown cicada! These guys are everywhere!" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught a brown cicada! I hope it's not afraid-a!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「アブラゼミを つかまえてしまった! おまえ、たくさんいすぎ!!」 —Animal Forest and Animal Forest e+

"I caught a large brown cicada! There's way too many of you!!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Brown cicada (Wild World) "In some cultures, its cry is said to resemble the sound of frying."
Size 58 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Brown cicada (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Brown Cicada (City Folk)
"In some cultures, the chirping of these insects is said to resemble frying sounds."
Size About 58 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Brown cicada encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a brown cicada! These things are everywhere!"
Size 59 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer


Further information

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Brown cicadas.

Main article: Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata on Wikipedia

The large brown cicada is a large cicada native to much of the Asian Pacific coast, including Japan, China, Korea and even as far south as New Zealand. They are often considered a pest by farmers because they attack and suck the sap out of crops in large numbers, generally killing the plant in question. Whilst they are not poisonous or dangerous in any way, if handled they may bite, which can hurt. Furthermore, the loud chirping song of the males can cause headaches at close proximity.

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