I'm pretty sure the Cicada's hatched in 2012. I wasn't into gardening then, but I remember hearing them loud and often. So I was TERRIFIED when I found one in my garden this past June.
I'm sorry but I'm a bit of an insectophobe. It gets better with age (for me.) My fear is the worst when the bug is BIG and can FLY. I read about Cicada'so gentle nibbling and am NOT worried about them EXCEPT my official count is up to 6 exoskeletons and I just came face to face with another live one on my burgundy beans. Why are they awake now? 2012 was not 17 years ago (I hope!!!!!!
) why is this happening and should I fear them hurting my plants or flying into my pretty purple hair?