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WGLT's Grow: All About The Pesky Spotted Lanternfly

Lanterfly on a rail
A side-top view of an adult spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) on a wooden rail in Pennsylvania.

This week on WGLT's Grow, you'll learn about an invasive pest making headway in North America, called the spotted lanternfly.

The ornate-looking pest was first found in eastern Pennsylvania in 2014, originating in Asia. Patrick Murphy from Illinois State University tells co-host Sarah Nardi all about it.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Sarah are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

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Sarah Nardi previously worked for the Chicago Reader covering Arts & Culture. She joined WGLT as a correspondent in 2020. She became WGLT's morning newscaster in 2021.