Cicada shell

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Cicada Shell NH Icon.png Cicada shell  
Artwork of cicada shell
Real-world info
Name: Unknown
Family: Unknown
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Mue de cigale
 Muda de cigarra
 Esuvia di cicala
 Кокон цикады
 매미 허물
 Mue de cigale
 Carcasa de cigarra

The cicada shell is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. By definition, it is the exoskeleton left behind by a cicada nymph, making it the only bug in the series that is not living. Unlike other bugs, the player can run or walk past the tree without scaring the cicada shell away. The only way to make the bug disappear is to shake the tree or hit the tree with an axe, causing it to drop to the ground and disappear. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be found from mid to late summer.

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]

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, which may be referencing the 17-year periodical cicadas.


Real-world information[edit]

Cicada nymph exuviae from an unidentified species.

Cicadoidea, cicadas, are a superfamily of true bugs consisting of over 3,000 species. A distinctive element of their life cycle is that they undergo incomplete metamorphosis, starting life as nymphs which continuously grow over their lifetimes before maturing into a fully developed, winged adult, lacking an intermediary pupal stage. After hatching, nymphs burrow underground, where they spend the majority of their lives and feed on sap from tree roots; depending on the species, this period lasts anywhere from two years to nearly two decades. In the leadup to maturation, the nymphs nocturnally surface and cling to trees, where they shed their exoskeletons and emerge in their mature forms. The adults then fly off to find mates and begin the life cycle anew, leaving behind the exuviae, which remain fastened to the surface where molting occurred. It is these abandoned exoskeletons which serve as the basis for cicada shells in the Animal Crossing series.

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 蝉蜕
Cicada shell

Traditional Chinese 蟬蛻

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