The mystery of the grubs that ate Welles Park – even experts are shocked and awed

Read the full story from WTTW.

What Urbanowski had the misfortune of unwittingly stumbling upon was a freak grub infestation that’s laid waste to roughly one-third of Welles Park’s 15 acres. The scope of the destruction — which the Chicago Park District is working to address — is so out of the ordinary, even the experts admit to being stunned.

Christopher Deitrich is Illinois’ official state entomologist — this is a guy who knows his insects — and after being emailed images of the barren landscape at Welles, he responded: “I don’t recall ever seeing an area devastated as badly.”

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