Cicada Shell

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Cicada Shell
Artwork of Cicada Shell
Real-world info
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Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Mue de cigale
 Muda de cigarra
 Esuvia di cicala
 Кокон цикады
 매미 허물
 Mue de cigale
 Carcasa de cigarra

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 Leaf[edit]


Cicada Shell
"I caught a cicada shell! It's just a shell of its former self!"

Time of year Jul – Aug
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location On trees (hardwood and cedar)
Size 40 mm
Rarity Very common
Selling price  100 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

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)
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 10 Bells
 Flick 15 Bells
Furniture 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. They are also found in the second room nearby where ants are located, this may be referencing the 17-Year Periodical cicadas.


More information[edit]

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