- "I found a cicada shell! It's just a shell of its former self!" —New Leaf
It can be found mounted to trees akin to beetles from July to August. Cicada shells cannot be scared off with a net or by running; however, it will disappear if a player uses an axe on, or shakes its tree. It is the only bug that does not display a size when captured, though one is still calculated and the highest size is kept in the encyclopedia as with other bugs. It is also the only bug whose capture quote states that it was "found" rather than "caught", and is the only "bug" in the series that isn't an actual living organism.
Donation to the museum
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
- "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 be looking at these shells. Collecting the shells will tell you how many and what kind of cicadas inhabit a certain area."
In New Horizons
When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"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."
「セミのぬけがらを 見つけた！ 夏の思い出！」 —New Leaf
- Main article: Cicada on Wikipedia
Since all cicada skins are generally identical, it is impossible to know what species of cicada this belongs to. Exuviae is the name given to such shed skins and occurs in other insects such as mayflies and dragonflies.
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