Bell Cricket
スズムシ Suzumushi
Bell cricket encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Grass 430 Bells
Size Available in rain
18 mm No
Time of year Time of day
September to October 5pm to 8am
Scientific name Homoeogryllus japonicus
Family Gryllidae
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH
Rarity Rare (★★★★) (GCN games)
Uncommon (★★★) (WW, CF)
Regional names Flag of Spain Grillo Campana
Flag of France small Grillon du Midi
Flag of Italy small Suzumushi
"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.

Donation to the museum

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers the curator will say the following:

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.

Capture quotes

"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

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Bell cricket (Wild World) "Their chirps are extremely high pitched."
Size 18 mm
Time Night
Season Fall
Icon Bell cricket (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Bellcricket (City Folk)
"The frequency of their song is so high that it can't be transmitted over the phone."
Size About 18 mm
Time Dusk-Night
Season Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Bell cricket encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a bell cricket! Odd, it doesn't look like money..."
Size About 18 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Fall


Further information

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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.

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