Cicada shell
セミのぬけがら Semi no Nukegara
Cicada shell encyclopedia (New Leaf)
Location Price
On trees 100 Bells
Size Available in rain
18mm yes
Time of year Time of day
July to August All day
Scientific name Cicadidae sp.
Family Cicadidae - Cicadas
Appearances NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Mue de cigale
Flag of Germany small Zikadenlarvenhaut
Flag of Italy small Esuvia di cicala
Flag of Spain Muda de cigarra
"I found a cicada shell! It's just a shell of its former self!" —New Leaf

The cicada shell (セミのぬけがら, Semi no Nukegara?) is the abandoned shell of an adult cicada, and a new "bug" in 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."

Capture quotes

Japanese Quotes

「セミのぬけがらを 見つけた! 夏の思い出!」 —New Leaf

"I found a cicada shell! The memories of summer!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Cicada shell encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a cicada shell! Its just a shell of its former self!"
Size 42 mm
Time Always
Season Summer


Other information

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.

A real life cicada shell.

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