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"I caught a walker cicada! If he'd'a been runnin', I might not have caught him!" —Animal Crossing
"ツクツクボウシを 捕まえた!なき亢と、おんなじ名前!!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a walker cicada! He chirps funny!" —Wild World
"I caught a walker cicada! Quite the walker AND the talker!" —City Folk
"I caught a walker cicada! I'm the one walkin' the walk now!" —New Leaf
"I caught a walker cicada! Walkin' in the rain, it seems!" —New Leaf
Walker Cicada
WalkerCicada
Scientific name Meimuna opalifera.
Family Cicadidae - cicadas
Time of year July to September
Time of day 8am to 4pm(AF)

8am to 5pm(AC,WW,CF,NL)

Location On trees
Size 44 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (June-August)

Rare (September)

Sale price 400 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small (Tsukutsuku-boshi ツクツクボーシ)
Flag of Germany small Bergzikade

Flag of Italy small Cicala sputacchina

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Bug #07
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Bug #15
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #19
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #20
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Big #55

The Walker Cicada is an uncommon bug found in the Animal Crossing series. It has a unique sound, different to other cicadas, which is best described as a lengthened squeak with three rapid clicks in between. The end of its song is long and drawn out. It is the second-most expensive cicada, sold to Tom Nook for 400 Bells beaten by the Evening Cicada as well as the smallest of them all at 44 mm. It's also the only cicada to be found in the month of September, and during this time they appear more commonly due to the lack of other bugs which spawn at that time.

It is one of the five cicadas, the others being the Brown, Robust, Giant and Evening Cicada.

Below is a recording of this species.

Walker Cicada ogg

Donating to the Museum

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator 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

"Depending on where you are in the world, the cry of the walker cicada changes. Who do they think they are? Using dialects and whatnot! I mean, really!"

In City Folk

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say:

"Apparently, walker cicadas cry out in an attempt to obscure the calls of other, similar cicadas. I should think that to the average fellow, it just sounds like the cicadas are merely singing together. In any case, I don't suggest looking for them. Their voices may fascinate, but their faces nauseate!"

It can be found in the middle terrace on the tree directly in front of the ramp down to the first terrace, in front of the tree stump.

In New Leaf

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

"Walker cicadas have a unique crying sound that gives the impression they're all singing in harmony. They usually start crying late in the summer, so people can associate their sound with summer's end. This call is so related with summer in general, TV shows regularly use this cicada to indicate the season."

Encyclopedia Information

When the player has caught the walker cicada, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the walker cicada:

Animal Forest

Walker Cicada (Animal Crossing) Walker Cicada (Animal Crossing icon) Walker Cicada


Wild World

Walker Cicada (Wild World) Walker Cicada (Wild World icon) "Their cry signals that the end of summer is near."
  • Size: 44 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Midday

City Folk

125px Walker Cicada (City Folk) ''The chirp of this cicada means the end of summer is near."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Morning-Dusk
Icon butterfly Size: About 44 mm


New Leaf

WalkerEncyclo

Gallery

Further Information

Walker'scicada

Walker's Cicada in Japan.

In Japan, this particular cicada is known as Tsukutsuku-boushi which is a reference to how Japanese people interpreted its song. The word also refers to the reflection of rainbows.

The Meimuna genus of cicadas are much smaller than their close ancestors (such as the Large Brown and Robust Cicadas) and are a part of the subfamily Cicadinae, which is the group which holds virtually all the well-known species, including the United States 13 and 15th year Perodical cicadas (Magicicada sp.).

It is known for its variable calls which are different depending on location, and the population has notably declined in recent years. Global warming is believed to be the main cause of this descent.

The name "Walker Cicada" is a reference to a man named Walker who had discovered this and many other species of cicada in Japan, though the correct name would have been "Walker's Cicada" (the apostrophe was likely dropped for restrictions on text in game). The name Walker Cicada was chosen because the species M. opalifera has no English name. This is understandable, due to the vast number of cicada species which number in the hundreds in Japan alone. An alternative translation of its name is "Priest Cicada".


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