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"I caught a robust cicada! It seems pretty lively to me!" —New Leaf

The robust cicada (ミンミンゼミ, Minmin-zemi?) is a bug found in Animal Forest, Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf. It makes a unique grinding-like sound which is different to other cicadas. It looks rather small, and its wings are quite longer than its body. It is worth 200 Bells in Animal Forest, but this was increased to 300 Bells in later titles. Robust cicadas are fairly common, but are slightly less so than the Brown Cicada.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf it has two different puns on capture, with one appearing during rain only.

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Donation to the museum

Like all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the robust cicada can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give some information about it.

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

"When a female robust cicada approaches, the male will change its call, eh wot? To think that they're mere bugs and they play these mind games... Disgusting!"

In City Folk

"Fittingly enough, the robust cicada can issue a robust, loud chirp...and it does so quite often. I've heard this beastie's impertinent cry so often that I've grown rather good at imitating it. Listen! Chiiirp! CHIIIRP! CHIIir..."

It can be found in the middle terrace, on the front-most tree of the middle island, sharing it with the Brown Cicada.

In New Leaf

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

"Robust cicadas are distinguished by the shortness of their bodies in relation to their wing size. They used to share territories with brown cicadas, but robust cicadas tend to prefer dry locales. As you'd expect, they make a rather robust call, though males actually change their sound around females."

After donating, the robust cicada can be found in the upper right room in the bug exhibit, on the tree between the Walker cicada and the Cyclommatus stag.

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The robust cicada got its name from the chirping sound it makes, which is said to be quite...well...robust. But "robust" hardly describes it. Abrasive! Bombastic! Cacophonous! That's more like it! Beside the horrid caterwauling, this bug is known for its long wings, short body, and green coloring. But looking at a robust cicada is just as unpleasant as listening to one. My eyes AND my ears are offended."

Capture quotes

"I caught a robust cicada! What a robust specimen!" —Animal Crossing
"ミンミンゼミを つかまえた! ミン・ミン・ミ―ン!げんきがあって よろしい!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a robust cicada! You're a hearty little guy!" —Wild World
"I caught a robust cicada! Give me a hearty YAAY!" —City Folk
"I caught a robust cicada! They're pretty docile on rainy days." —New Leaf
"I caught a robust cicada! It DOES seem pretty lively." —New Horizons
"I caught a robust cicada! Not so energetic in the rain, huh?" —New Horizons (In rain ONLY)

Encyclopedia Information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Robust cicada (Wild World) "They have green and black bodies and clear wings."
Size 60 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Robust cicada (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Robust Cicada (City Folk)
"These have black and green bodies and transparent wings."
Size About 60 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Robust cicada encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a robust cicada! It seems pretty lively to me!"
Size 60 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer


In Dōbutsu no Mori

In one of the scenes where Hopper is fishing, a Robust Cicada can be heard in the background.

Further Information

Main article: Hyalessa maculaticollis on Wikipedia'
Robust cicada re
Hyalessa maculaticollis
(AKA the Robust Cicada) is a native to Korea, where it is sometimes considered the typical Korean cicada. It is also a native to Japan (where it is called Minmin-zemi ミンミンゼミ as a reference to the sound it makes; "Mean Minmin Minmin me ..." is the commonest depiction) and much of Asia, where they are equally as commonly found. It is often variable in color with individuals appearing from green to black and anywhere inbetween. The color of the cicada relates to its habitat; in high temperatures it is entirely black, but in low temperatures it is greener.

In other languages

Robust cicada
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ミンミンゼミ Minminzemi
Flag of France small French Cigale hyalessa
Flag of Spain Spanish Cigarra oriental
Flag of Germany small German Hyalessa-Zikade
Flag of Italy small Italian Cicala robusta
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Minmin-cicade
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 斑透翅蝉 Bāntòuchìchán
Flag of South Korea Korean 참매미 Chammaemi

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