- "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.
Donation 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."
- "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
| "In some cultures, its cry is said to resemble the sound of frying."|
- 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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