Yesterday morning, I was pulling a few weeds in my garden, and looked over to see a cicada sitting on my basil. I guess they like pesto, too.
These are medium sized bugs that make a lot of noise at night – a sort of buzzing. They are not crickets, nor are they locust. And they are not harmful at all to humans.
Molting Cicadas leave behind a brown shell (exoskeleton) that is ripped in half right down the back. This is how they bust out of their old shell and grow larger. I’ve found them all over the side of my house, and when I do, I just brush them off – no big deal.
If you look carefully at the side of these noisy bugs, you can see the timbals – they are the silvery, grey, things under the wings. This is what makes all the noise.