Cicada Shell

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"I caught a cicada shell! It's just a shell of its former self!" —New Leaf
Cicada Shell
Japanese セミのぬけがら Korean 매미 허물 Chinese 蝉蜕
French Mue de cigale Italian Esuvia di cicala Spanish Muda de cigarra
German Zikadenlarvenhaut Dutch Cicadehuid Russian Кокон цикады
Cicada Shell NH.png
Scientific name Unknown
Time of year July to August (New Leaf, New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere))
January to February (New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere))
Time of day All day
Location On trees
Size 18mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price 100 Bells (New Leaf)
10 Bells (New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

A Cicada Shell (セミのぬけがら, Semi no nuke gara) is a bug that can be caught in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Technically, it is just the exoskeleton left behind by a cicada nymph, making it the only bug in the game that is not living. Cicada Shells can be found on trees; the player can run or walk past the trees without scaring the bug away. The only way to make the Cicada Shell disappear is to shake the tree or hit the tree with an axe, causing it to drop to the ground and disappear.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Cicada Shell
"I found a cicada shell! I'm glad the little guy came out of it!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day All day
Location On trees (hardwood and cedar)
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, Cicada Shells can be donated to the Museum followed by a small talk by Blathers, the curator.

In New Leaf[edit]

"Cicada larvae emerge from the ground in the evening and molt on trees, leaving behind empty shells. It's possible to find out the species of cicadas just by looking at these shells. Collecting the shells will tell you how many and what kind of cicadas inhabit a certain area."

It can be found in the top section of the upper right room in the bug habitat of the museum, with the other cicadas.

In New Horizons[edit]

"Cicadas! The nerve! Not only are they loud, they leave their cicada shells lying about! When it's time for a cicada nymph to turn into an adult, you see, it clings to a tree and sheds its exoskeleton. Then it just leaves this shell of its former self hanging right there! Awful manners, really...and awfully terrifying too."

Once donated, the cicada shell can be found on the trees right in front of the entrance to the bug exhibit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese セミのぬけがら
semi no nukegara
Cicada's shell

Korean 매미 허물
maemi heomul
Cicada shell

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
蝉蜕 / 蟬蛻
Cicada shell

Russian Кокон цикады
Kokon tsikady
Cicada cocoon

Dutch Cicadehuid Cicada skin

German Zikadenlarvenhaut Cicada larva skin

European Spanish Muda de cigarra Cicada molting

Latin American Spanish Carcasa di cigarra Cicada shell

European French Mue de cigale Cicada molting

Italian Esuvia di cicala Cicada shell

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